Q & A 05


We as Catholics taught that salvation comes through a combination of faith plus good works.

The number of people who have left the Roman Catholic church is huge, and it opens the door to other denominations of which we are part of.

We base our faith and teaching on the UNIVERSAL CHRIST of Richard Rohr, OFM (born 1943), an American Franciscan priest and writer on spirituality based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970. In 2011, PBS called him "one of the most popular spirituality authors and speakers in the world" 

Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr

Author: Center for Action and Contemplation 

According to Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, Rohr draws on Eastern mysticism rather than biblical Christianity by preaching to find our "true self" instead of knowing a saviour distinct from the self. Groothuis argues that Rohr's fundamental claims about the "universal Christ" and Pantheistic worldview subvert the "biblical worldview with most egregious errors" and that Rohr manipulates the scriptures to support his pantheistic or panentheistic worldview rather than monotheism. Groothuis argues that Rohr contradicts the Christian doctrine that creation and the creator (God) are different entities with infinite separation. He further says that Rohr's writings parallel New Age Christologies, which, he says, misread the biblical texts. Groothuis criticizes Rohr's reference to creation as the first incarnation of "the universal Christ," arguing that this contradicts biblical doctrine. Groothuis says that Rohr distorts the gospel since his emanation of metaphysics is based on perennial tradition.

Erwin Lutzer, an evangelical pastor, has criticized Rohr for promoting universalism and a New Age spirituality that eschews specific doctrines and basic biblical teaching. Lutzer said that Rohr's book The Divine Dance "is not about the Trinity, but rather Rohr imaginatively uses Trinitarian language in order to give a backdrop to his own eclectic spiritual teaching."

William P. Young, a Christian author, has commented on Rohr's ideas, saying that people who are frustrated with their churches might misread Rohr's works as advocating a vague spirituality disconnected from the orthodox and scriptural understanding of Christ. According to Young, "The danger of universalism is nothing matters, especially Jesus." He adds, "Some of Rohr's followers can read it that way." Rohr has reported that a group of local Catholics secretly recorded his sermons to have him excommunicated. They delivered the tapes to the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, then Archbishop of Cincinnati, who reviewed them and determined that they were within the bounds of the Church's teachings.