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Evangelical scholar: Catholics are like ‘canaries in a coal mine’

November 07, 2012

In an interview with Catholic World Report, Kenneth Collins of Asbury Theological Seminary explains different strands of evangelicalism and discusses Catholic-evangelical relations.

“What we are facing in the days ahead is very important,” said Collins. “Catholics are like canaries in a coal mine. We, as Christians, weren’t supposed to bump against a modern liberal democracy; it was supposed to be everyone choosing their own good. But the Catholic Church is bumping up against it, in terms of the contraceptive issue, but also in terms of what Catholic Charities faced in Massachusetts, where the collision between the state government and the Church forced the closure of Catholic Charities, which has had a wonderful history of service to the poor.”


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