Can a leopard change his spots...

Across history, the Roman Catholic church has made it crystal-clear who and what she is. Century after century, pope after pope, she is the song that never ends. The Reformers nailed it five centuries ago, but few of the men claiming to be their spiritual and theological descendants want to push the refresh button of the Reformers' forthright denunciations of Rome. 

Each scandal gets a pass and there's no reason to believe Reformed church officers today will say anything about Rome herself based on this latest one revealed by... the Guardian's headline:

Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets: Papal court handling pardons for sins says contrite Catholics may win 'indulgences' by following World Youth Day on Twitter

This is not simply an ill-advised religious marketing scheme.

This is Rome and you can trace the line from Rome's Tweet indulgences back five centuries to Rome's Tetzel indulgences.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


The trouble is that, to the extent that outsiders identify the RC denomination with the Christian church and faith, the whole enterprise appears to them to be a bad joke. Benefits beyond the grave via Twitter. Really!

Yes, but another reason why the world can't tell the difference, is that we have so many scandals of our own ... there's an absolute doozy breaking out in the British Christian community even as I write ...

Shouldn't it be "Can a leper change his spots?"

Dear Arwen,

It's from Jeremiah 13:23.

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