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Neilly's views on Pope are stuck in the 17th Century

The Rev Mark Neilly (Write Back, September 15) is disgusted that the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church is to attend an ecumenical service in Westminster Cathedral where the Pope will be present.

The grounds for his objections are (a) that the Moderator is betraying his ordination commitment to the Westminster Confession of Faith which asserts that the Pope is the antichrist and (b) that the Pope teaches that other denominations are "not churches in the true sense".

It's sad and extraordinary that Mr Neilly believes that the ruminations of some 17th century anti-papists should be treated with respect by 21st century Christians.

His final flourish is to direct the Moderator to the 'Word of God'. I suspect he means by this the Bible, which confused us all in the first instance.

Mr Neilly demonstrates very well why it's hard to be a Christian, or to be sane and Presbyterian at the same time.



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