Evangelical Advisor to Trump Calls for Solidarity with the Vatican
By John Wesley Reid | CBN News
Political tensions have maligned relationships between the evangelical and Catholic communities. Now evangelical leaders are pushing for unity with the Vatican.
Johnnie Moore, evangelical advisor to President Donald Trump, has penned a letter to Pope Francis calling for a resolution of this conflict. Moore is an active advocate for the persecuted Church and hopes to resolve tensions so that the two Church sects can work harmoniously.
An excerpt from Moore’s letter to the Pope reads: “As you know more than most, all of this has also come at a time of historic Christian persecution in more places than perhaps at any time in Christian history. Together, Catholics, Orthodox, Protestant, and evangelical Christians throughout the entire world have shared – as you’ve said – ‘an ecumenism of blood.'”
Pope Francis and President Trump have had conflicting agendas, specifically regarding immigration and refugee treatment. But according to Moore, some disagreements may be unprecedented. In efforts to mend the wounds of the evangelical-Catholic relationship, Moore has requested a meeting with the pope in which he hopes to include other religious leaders with global influence.
Moore explained that he hopes to identify and reconcile topics of disagreement.
“It’s in this moment of ongoing persecution, political division and global conflict that we have also witnessed efforts to divide Catholics and evangelicals,” he said. “We think it would be of great benefit to sit together and to discuss these things. Then, when we disagree we can do it within the context of friendship.”