Former Liberty University VP Raises Concern After Calling for Meeting With ‘Your Holiness’ to Unite Evangelicals, Catholics

Concerns are being raised as Johnnie Moore, the former vice president of communications for Liberty University—which heralds itself at the world’s largest Christian university—and travel assistant to President Jerry Falwell, Jr., recently sent a letter to Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” to request a meeting to discuss Moore’s objection to “efforts to divide Catholics and Evangelicals.”

Moore, who serves as a member of President Trump’s evangelical advisory board, wrote to Bergoglio following the publication of an article in La Cattolica Civilitas—written by Catholic priest Antonio Spadaro and Presbyterian minister Marcelo Figueroa—that condemned what they perceived as a joining together of American Catholics and Evangelicals in an “ecumicism of hate” against immigrants, Muslims and others different from them.

“The panorama of threats to [Evangelicals’] understanding of the American way of life have included modernist spirits, the black civil rights movement, the hippy movement, communism, feminist movements and so on. And now in our day there are the migrants and the Muslims,” the article read.

It said that some professing Catholics are now seemingly “using tones much closer to Evangelicals” when it comes to various social issues, and have apparently united on the subjects.

“Both Evangelical and Catholic Integralists condemn traditional ecumenism and yet promote an ecumenism of conflict that unites them in the nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state,” Spadaro and Figueroa asserted. “This meeting over shared objectives happens around such themes as abortion, same-sex marriage, religious education in schools and other matters generally considered moral or tied to values.”

The men asserted that this type of ecumenism is different than that exemplified by Bergoglio in terms of other religions and those different from him, which is rather “an ecumenism that moves under the urge of inclusion, peace, encounter and bridges.”

In an article published by Fox News, Moore said that the “caustic language” in the Civilitas piece concerned him, as he “cannot imagine that the article’s authors understand the beautiful relationship that Catholics and Evangelicals have had in the last thirty years in the United States.” He said that he believes the collaboration between the two has produced much good in the world.

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“Together, we have worked in pursuit of the fall of communism, led a vast resurgence of pro-life sentiment in the United States, and we have fought for religious liberty here and abroad. Our humanitarian collaboration has also saved millions of lives among the poor and persecuted,” Moore wrote.

He therefore wrote to Bergoglio, who Moore referred to as “Your Holiness,” to request a meeting between Catholic and Evangelical leaders to discuss concerns about those who cause division, and to dialogue about how the two groups can work together. Moore said that “God put it on [his] heart” to write to the Roman Catholic leader.

“I speak for many Evangelicals when I say that we have looked upon your appointment with great gratitude to God and with great optimism for the new spirit that you have brought to the Catholic Church,” the letter read, which also noted that Moore feels “all the respect in the world” toward the pontiff. “Your commitment to the poor and to pastoral ministry and your efforts to build bridges and to spread the doctrine of mercy around the world have been a light and hope to us all.”

He said that in the midst of religious persecution, as well as political polarism, that “we have also witnessed efforts to divide Catholics and Evangelicals.”

“We think it would be of great benefit to sit together and to discuss these things,” Moore wrote. “Then, when we disagree we can do it within the context of friendship. Though, I’m sure we will find once again that we agree far more than we disagree, and we can work together with diligence on those areas of agreement.”

“We feel like this conversation is an urgent one, and I will bring a half dozen or so of our denominational heads and significantly influential Evangelicals for our time together,” he said. “We would also like to use the time to meet with various other high level officials throughout the Vatican to find ways in which we can cooperate on matters of great concern to us all, especially as it relates to refugees, the poor and the persecuted.”


However, Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries—a former Roman Catholic of more than 30 years who now teaches Christians how to evangelize Catholics—told Christian News Network that he is deeply troubled by Moore’s endeavor. He outlined several aspects of Moore’s letter that he found to be cause for concern.

“Moore’s request for a meeting with a pope who has blasphemed the triune God by stealing His titles—Holy Father, Head of the Church, and Vicar of Christ—is deplorable,” Gendron stated.

He bristled at Moore’s reference to Bergoglio as ‘Your Holiness.'”

“By the authority of God’s Word, we can see that the pope is under divine condemnation for preaching another gospel (Gal.1:6-9),” Gendron stated. “The pope’s gospel denies the sufficiency of Jesus Christ and His finished work of redemption by adding sacraments, good works, law keeping and indulgences for salvation.”

He also found Moore’s desire to combat division between Evangelicals and Catholics to be demonstrative of “the disturbing ignorance among many Evangelicals concerning Church history.”

“The division between Evangelicals and Catholics took place five hundred years ago when the Roman Catholic Church sealed her departure from the Christian faith by deliberately and dogmatically rejecting the gospel of Jesus Christ at the Council of Trent,” Gendron outlined. “Her apostasy is well documented by over 100 infallible anathemas that condemn Evangelicals who do not believe Rome’s corruption of the gospel.”

He said that God does not need His children to link with those teaching and propagating error in order to combat evil in the world.

“Moore’s attempt to unite Evangelicals and Catholics is playing into the pope’s agenda to rebuild the religious tower of Babel,” Gendron opined. “Our sovereign and omnipotent Lord does not need the help of unbelievers to fight the social and cultural wars. There is something much more important at stake and that is the purity and exclusivity of the Gospel. More than ever we need to contend for the faith because divine division in truth is far better than satanic unity in error.”

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    Gendron nails it again …..

  • “I speak for many Evangelicals when I say that we have looked upon your appointment with great gratitude to God and with great optimism for the new spirit that you have brought to the Catholic Church,” – Not sure who these Evangelicals might be. Maybe Rick Warren, Ted Haggard, Benny Hinn? Are these even Evangelicals? And what even makes them authorities? Never mind. Nothing surprises me any more.

  • RWH

    Whoever these Evangelicals are, the leadership must be actively squelching the rank and file, many who harbor some very deep prejudices against the Catholics and their Church. On this list and other like it, you mention the Catholic Church, and people become unhinged. The conservative Catholic leadership must certainly know that the standard Evangelical does not consider them saved or going to heaven, and any chance they get, they are going to “share the Gospel.”

    • Pastor Bob Tarasiak

      Read 1 John 5:13, Rom. 10:9,10,13, and Eph. 1:11-14. All point to one can be sure of salvation. Ye, I am an evangelical and Ex-Roman Catholic.

      • Mike Feehan

        Join the club…I know TONS of folks who left once they started reading the BIBLE, specifically the books of Galatians, Hebrews, and Romans…Pretty telling and interesting how they don’t have any Bibles in the pews, isn’t it?

  • Reason2012

    “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest [be baptized]. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
    Acts 8.36-37

    “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
    Matthew 23.9

    “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
    Ephesians 2.8-10

    “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven [carved] image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”
    Exodus 20.4

    “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
    1 Timothy 2.5

    “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
    Luke 1.46-47

    “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he [Jesus] did once, when he offered up himself.”
    Hebrews 7.27

    “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
    Hebrews 10.10

    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
    Matthew 7:13-15

    “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
    Matthew 7:21-23

    • Mike Feehan

      Nice list…Certainly exposes all of the false teachings/lies within this church….Once I really started reading the Bible, it was amazing to see all of the contradictions…All anyone has to do is read the books of Galatians, Romans, and Hebrews to see all of the blatant falsehoods…

    • Oboehner

      “And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea RATHER, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:27-28 KJV

      • Mike Feehan

        Good point…HOW they can believe this lie that Mary is sinless is quite unbelievable…

        • Oboehner

          They are brainwashed and never check anything for themselves.

  • Pastor Bob Tarasiak

    The Ecumenical movement is a lie of Satan! Roman Catholicism does not worship the True and One God of the Bible! They worship is rooted in pagan gods and is merit based. Warning to all Evangelicals, stay away! Stand on the authority of God’s Word alone! Do not be deceived! I WAS a Roman Catholic for over 39 years and thank God I was delivered out of the indoctrination of the lies and deception, with errors that the RC doctrines do not align with the apostolic writings of the Bible.

    • SonjaKristina

      That sounds like hate speech to me.

      • RWH

        Most converts feel the need to denigrate the faith they came from in order to justify (for some strange reasons) why they converted. Most really don’t know what the original church taught. Inasmuch as the Roman Catholic Church is solidly trinitarian, it’s going way over the boundaries to claim that Catholicism is some sort of paganism. Many of the so-called errors of the Church (when Orthodoxy and Catholicism were still united) were established at a time when most of the apostles were still alive. The Nicene Creed, which is profoundly orthodox, was penned a few short centuries after the last apostle died. It pays to read the early writings of the Church, especially those of St. Ignatious of Antioch, who penned his works when Peter (and other disciples) were still alive.

      • Mike Feehan

        No, he’s just speaking the TRUTH…The RC church is filled with a bunch of man made traditions/lies which have no basis within Scripture…42 ROMAN CATHOLIC INVENTIONS BY MEN….

        1….Presbyters first called priests by Lucian……2nd century..

        2… Sacerdotal mass instituted by Cyprian..3rd century

        3… Prayers for the dead—-A.D. 300

        4….Making the sign of the cross—A.D. 300

        5… Wax candles—-A.D. 320

        6….Veneration of angels, dead saints, and images…A.D. 375

        7…Mass became a daily ritual—A.D. 394

        8…Beginning of exaltation of Mary, term “Mother of God” first applied to her by Council of Ephesus….A.D. 431

        9….Priests began to wear special clothing—A.D. 500

        10..Extreme Unction (Rite of Healing)….A.D. 526

        11….The doctrine of purgatory….A.D. 593

        12… Latin used in worship….A.D. 600

        13..Prayers offered to Mary, dead saints and angels…A.D. 600

        14…First man to be proclaimed Pope…(Boniface III) A.D. 610

        15…Kissing the Pope’s feet…..A.D. 709

        16….Temporal power of Popes, conferred by Pepin, King of the Franks…..A.D. 750

        17..Veneration of cross, images, relics authorized…A.D. 786

        18…Holy Water, mixed with pinch of salt, chrism, and blessed by a priest…A.D. 850

        19….Venerations of St. Joseph—A.D. 890

        20…College of Cardinals begun—A.D. 927

        21…Baptism of bells instituted by Pope John X111…A.D. 965

        22…Canonization of dead saints by Pope John XV….A.D. 995

        23…Fasting on Fridays and Lent….A.D. 998

        24….The Mass developed gradually as a sacrifice, attendance made obligatory…A.D. 11TH century…

        25…Celibacy of priests declared….A.D. 1079

        26…Rosary adopted (pagan) by Peter the Hermit….A.D. 1090

        27…The Inquisition instituted by Council of Verona….A.D. 1184

        28….Sale of indulgences….A.D 1190..

        29….Seven Sacraments, defined by Peter Lombard….12th century

        30….Transubstantiation, defined by Innocent III…A.D. 1215..

        31…Auricular confession (Rite of Reconciliation of sins to a priest instead of God, instituted by Innocent III A.D. 1215

        32….Adoration of the wafer (called the Host) decreed by Pope Honorius III….A.D. 1220

        33…Scapular invented by Simon Stock of England…A.D. 1251

        34…The cup forbidden to the laity at communion by the Council of Florence…..A.D. 1439

        35…Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence in A.D 1439

        36…***Traditions declared of EQUAL AUTHORITY with the BIBLE by the Council Of Trent…A.D. 1545

        37…Apocryphial books added to the Bible by the Council of Trent….A.D. 1546

        38…Creed of Pope Pius IV imposed as the official creed in place of the original Apostolic Creed….A.D. 1560

        39….Immaculate Conception of Mary (not virgin birth) proclaimed by Pope Pius IX…A.D. 1854

        40….Syllabus of Errors proclaimed by Pope Pius IX, and ratified by the Vatican Council; condemned freedom of religion, conscience, speech, press, and scientific discoveries which are disapproved by the Roman Church; asserted the Pope’s temporal authority over all civil rulers….A.D. 1864..

        41….Infallibility of the Pope in matters of faith and morals claimed by the Vatican Council….A.D. 1870…

        42…Assumption of Mary proclaimed by Pope Pius XII….A.D. 1950…..

      • greatful2

        If you call the truth in the Bible as hate then do so at your own peril..

        • SonjaKristina

          Your interpretation is hate speech, at least.

  • mr goody two shoes

    The article states a former president of liberty university so though I’m not that familiar with protestant circles out side of evangelical Lutherans who subscribe to the Book of concord . I would think it’s more likly people who think like Chuck Colson or Billy Graham and his son.

  • David MacKenzie

    While there certainly ARE concerns with respect to the integrity of Christ’s Church in the world, there is much common ground that, in the civic realm, can be pursued by both Evangelical Protestants and Catholics to their mutual interest. One can find Catholic sites that are remorseless in their attack on Evangelical Protestantism, and one can find Evangelical Protestants that are far too quick to equate the Vatican to the whore of Babylon. I think both these views are highly suspect— both Biblically and politically. We have serious differences that we can, and should, be honest about— but we also have serious similarities that, with a little more charity, would be seen as a core orthodoxy.

    • Garbage Adams

      A fair and balanced response…finally!
      Christians attacking Christians is appalling enough, but when that kind of behavior is ENCOURAGED it’s pretty disheartening.

    • MCrow

      I was a Protestant and a Catholic at different points in my life. I can say there are far more similarities than differences. That said, I also encountered those attitudes you mentioned with alarming frequency. It wasn’t limited without, either. Lots of infighting in both forms of Christianity happen because of not following strict doctrine, or interpretations of doctrine. To call it disheartening would be an understatement

  • Lydia Church

    Yes, it all plays into that agenda for the one world religion in the end (under antichrist). I agree with Gendron. On another note I want to distinguish between uniting for a cause and uniting spiritually. I am happy to unite with anyone on these conservative issues. In fact, many of us do that every four years when we do a little thing called voting. People of different denominations may all vote a certain way to oppose abortion, gay marriage, etc. And, we may cooperate in the work place to achieve a different type of goal. To say we will never collaborate with anyone on anything is like saying we won’t be living in the world but moving to heaven now. But, all of that is different from uniting with someone spiritually. I can’t unite with anyone spiritually unless they also are born again Biblical Christians. I cannot extend the right hand of fellowship and receive someone as a brother in the Lord unless they have come to Christ as the Bible says. Nowadays, with all the apostasy in all the churches, it is hard to find Biblical Christians who still even know what the Gospel is! They are all lead astray by the new age infiltration (example: the Shack). Also, I could never attend any sort of ‘interfaith’ event, specifically for that reason, I can’t unite with any other religion. I am Christian. I live by the Bible. My faith is left outside of no one’s door step, it goes with me everywhere because it is in my heart, who I am. I live by my Biblical convictions. I pray in Jesus’ name. I make accommodations for no other religion. Period. Anyway, there is a difference between uniting spiritually or not. Also, no matter how much good anyone is able to do, we can’t ‘bring the kingdom’, only Jesus can restore paradise. And beware of pope francis.

    • greatful2

      We can’t ‘bring the kingdom’ and only Jesus can restore paradise, AMEN!!! Dominionism is one of the most dangerous teachings in the apostate church…..

  • Recognizing_Truth

    Moore, and others, speak of the beautiful relationship that Catholics and Evangelicals have had in the last thirty years in the United States
    Whatever civic similarity or common civic/humanitarian causes evangelicals may share with the catholic church (and there are a few), they CANNOT share true fellowship together in Christ – the catholic church continues to preach a different gospel.

  • BuckeyePhysicist

    There are many horrible pieces of fake news about Catholics out there and as a Catholic I assure you none of them are true. We believe we are saved by grace alone by Jesus alone, we do know the Scriptures, we don’t worship Mary, and we do believe the Eucharist is real. Come join with us in eradicating murderous abortion, reestablishing traditional marriage, fighting the remaining immoral mandates in ObamaCare, and reclaiming religious freedom for all.

    • I don’t mean this in anyway disrespectful but all of the information I have obtained about the Catholic religion I didn’t obtain thru any news media. I’ve studied the doctrines & teachings pretty intensely though I have much more to learn. I do know it’s led by many many false doctrines & though you’re led to believe you’re saved by grace alone, they also believe that the grace can only be found in what they call the True Mother Church. They use these 2 Scriptures to back their point. Unless you repent you will all likewise perish. (Lk 13:3) and He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (Jn 6:54)

      They say the only way these verses can be applied to one’s life is thru the administration of their church & only an ordained priest can administer them. I’m not sure how they tie the church in with either of these 2 verses but that’s where the pride of men takes ahold of the role of God.

      As far as Mary goes, the role that is placed on her definitely puts her in the role of being worshipped. No, you may not bow down to her as you’re called to do before the Lord but the pedestal she is placed on is equal to Christ. She, herself, said she needed a Savior – meaning she wasn’t perfect which the Catholic church claims her perfection. That’s only just an ink blot in the false inconsistencies that is in the Catholic church.

      Those are the teachings that are against the Word. We could write a complete novel on how the Catholic church is ran like a business, where men are actually poisoned & killed so as to promote themselves up the ladder as cardinals & popes. It’s where men who have cried Holy but had orgies & was proud of it even to the point of having artwork displayed of naked children all thru their MANSIONS. Where men who had mistresses, bastard children with several women, sex orgies with underage boys, and the list goes on. You should look into some of this. It’s really very interesting what you’d find about your religion.

      We already stand against abortion & appreciate the stand your religion takes on this issue. Be blessed.

      • Dan

        You may not mean disrespect, but you spew it. Your study of the Church must have been a crash course. I love Our Lord Jesus Christ with my whole being and read scripture every day, yet it seems you have added me to a list of vile creatures.

        I see a bigger picture and am a TRADITIONAL – Pre Vatican II Catholic. We know that the counter Church will become the seat of the antichrist. Our Church holds what we call The Full Deposit of the Faith. All the the knowledge and information leading up to the incarnation to the present.

        Remember I have 2000 years of the faith to defend. Not the 10 or so years of a corner ministry. Bare with me. I will try to be brief.

        I do not plan on writing a book in this comment format, but I have a few points to make. Please ponder these things.

        1. There have been communications through divine means in the form of miracles that have been approved by the Holy Church. The spirits were tested in each case, until recently the investigations were grueling to have anything supernatural approved by the Church. The miracles that came about and saints that were associated with them were of Our lord. To call something of God unholy out of obstinacy is grave sin.

        2. I am leading up to a point. All other Christian denominations spring from The One True Church. What year did the Church become no longer good. If the Transubstantiation ( The Eucharistic Body and Blood of Christ) was Holy when we were in agreement, did it become unholy when Protestants left? If so, how did they become enlightened to go against the Church after 1500 years of eating unholy bread? It sounds more like Martin Luther and later cursed Henry the VIII were dividing spirits.

        3. The Catholic Church Compiled the Bible through the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t just a bunch of men guessing. It was through Divine Guidance. The same Book you claimed witness to to hold against us. The Magisterium of the Church ultimately came to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Miracles often backed the decisions and confirmed the way. The full story of the Christian world both written and oral is held by the Catholic Church.

        4. I am coming to a point and some measure of agreement, bare with me. We do not pray to Saints, but offer intercessory prayers as it has been made known to us that this is pleasing to Our Lord. Those who pray and are active in the salvation of souls are still that way in Heaven.

        5. There are over 250 incorruptible Saints( Google it, bodies that do not decompose and still produce miracles through Our Lord) Even it 90% were fake that still leaves many true. They lived and died some as Martyrs defending the faith and beliefs of the Church you hate.

        6. Our Blessed Mother is not Adored as Our lord is, but Venerated, These are very clear cut Church terms. There are too many reasons you are wrong about the Churches view of her to list here. A good video about this is on youtube by vaticancatholic. You can ask her to pray for you just as you can ask a family member to pray for you. I will just say this, she is in heaven and is Jesus dearest friend and shares her blood. She was saved by God the Father. Beware discrediting her. He wants her to have an active part in the salvation of mankind.

        7. My point is you do not have enough information. During the course of war a general attacks the heart of the enemy. The prize for Satan is to sit where Jesus resides and take his wife, the bride of Christ. There is so much relevant prophecy to this it cannot be ignored. Our Blessed Mother in Church approved apparitions proclaimed her son and warned about the great apostasy starting at the top in Rome. It happened in the form of Vatican II. At least 6 apparitions over recent centuries. Look up La Salette, Fatima, Akita to name a few. The seven kings were of Vatican city when it became a kingdom in 1929 I think. To much to go in to here.

        8. The present counterfeit Church is not my in Church, but many of the clergy are still fighting to reclaim it. Just because the so called reformers saw that the Kings castle was under attack does not mean they should have abandoned it.
        The Sacraments are based in scripture and The Church needs to be won back.

        There have been many attacks by Satan to have his works and minions present in the administration of the Church.The false retelling of popular history also enhanced these sins making them disproportionate. Part of the Great Delusion is that science is right and the Supernatural does not exist . The counter Church is playing to the world for its approval and a world religion will come out of it, a protestant based one. It will all appear very rational. Again, to much to tell

        This is the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the sun in Fatima on October 13th 1917. Over 70,000 witnessed it. It did not come from Satan and It is marking a significant upcoming event..wait for it.

        If they hate you they hated our Lord first, take back the original Catholic Church.
        Give up your Yoga mats and Nondenominational fence sitting.

  • bwgirl

    That spirit is NOT of God!

  • veritas

    That is the union of the Whore Of Babylon, clothed in scarlett…come out of her or you will part-take in her judgement. Revelation. This un-holy union will have the false prophet as leader and the anti-christ will be the worldly leader. Both will be lead by Satan.