Can Catholics be Evangelical?

By Julie Roys
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An Evangelical Catholic may sound like an oxymoron to some. But today, thousands of Catholics consider themselves to be Evangelical. Like Protestant Evangelicals, they highly regard the Bible; emphasize Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the means of redemption for all humanity; think faith should be expressed in missionary and social reform efforts; and perhaps most importantly, hold that each person must experience a conversion of the heart to have an authentic relationship with God.

I’ve known many people who have grown up Catholic, but then had a born-again experience and became Protestant. But, until about five years ago, I had never met a Catholic who had a born-again experience in the Catholic Church and remained Catholic. Curious, I decided to interview some of these so-called “Evangelical Catholics.” Their stories moved me and I was surprised to learn how widespread the Evangelical Catholic movement is. I’d love to hear your thoughts after listening to my radio piece:

Please also join me Saturday at 8 a.m. CST on Up for Debate when I’ll discuss whether Catholics can be evangelical with Evangelical Catholic, Devin Rose, and Moody Professor Dr. Gregg Quiggle.


Image: “Rosary” by Michal is licensed under BY-NC-ND 2.0
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2 thoughts on “Can Catholics be Evangelical?”

  1. I was listening on the radio this morning and thought the conversation was really interesting. I am a graduate from Franciscan University and wouldn’t say that I would call myself (or anyone involved in NET ministries, which I also am familiar with) an “evangelical Catholic”… I just call myself Catholic, and would say that I am more charismatic than traditional. The theology is still the same, it just the “personality” of how my faith manifests itself. I had to stop listening to the show just as you were talking about the topic of Mary, but would like to include a link which includes a biblical basis for interceding through Mary. http://home.earthlink.net/~mysticalrose/marian11.html

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