The Boston Globe published today an article detailing the mission of late Bishop Tony Palmer. Besides his recorded video of Pope Francis sharing a message with some evangelical leaders, Bishop Palmer was on a Catholic Church broader mission of reconciling Protestants with Rome.
At one time Palmer wanted to convert to Catholicism, but then in a surprising and unprecedented move, then Cardinal Bergoglio strongly discouraged him, saying, “We need to have bridge-builders.” Amazing!
From an Adventist perspective, this is not a surprise. This is a fulfillment of prophecy. More than century ago, the pen of inspiration gave this warning:
Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, and the papists are taking a conciliatory course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed! (Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 563.)