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The Reformanda Initiative Podcast. Listen as we analyze and discuss Roman Catholic theology and practice from an Evangelical perspective. | Twitter: @ReformandaRome | Facebook: @ReformandaInitiative | Online: |




The Reformanda Initiative Podcast. Listen as we analyze and discuss Roman Catholic theology and practice from an Evangelical perspective. | Twitter: @ReformandaRome | Facebook: @ReformandaInitiative | Online: |




S3.E1 Same Words, Different Worlds. Do Roman Catholics and Evangelicals Believe the Same Gospel?

Listen as we kick off season 3 of the RI Podcast by discussing Leonardo De Chirico's upcoming book, Same Words, Different Worlds. Do Roman Catholics and Evangelicals Believe the Same Gospel? (IVP Apollos, 2021). Do Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics share a common orthodoxy, as promoted by initiatives such as Evangelicals and Catholics Together? Or do the profound differences between Evangelical and Catholic theology and how they view the doctrines of Christ, the Church and...


S2.E17 Augustine of Hippo: Why he is still Relevant Today, with Rachel Ciano

Listen as we talk with RSLN faculty member, Rachel Ciano, about the significance and importance of Augustine of Hippo. Why should evangelicals know and study the works of Augustine, and how should they approach the man who is claimed by both Roman Catholics and Protestants? About Rachel Ciano: Rachel moved to England in 2005, where she and her husband ministered at an evangelical anglican church in Hove, East Sussex. They returned to Sydney in 2009, where they began a church plant in...


S2.E16 Practical advice for engaging Roman Catholics with the gospel: A Conversation with Mark Gilbert

In this episode ex-Catholic Mark Gilbert shares his personal testimony, and also about how is personal experience has taught him to effectively share the gospel with his Roman Catholic friends and family members. Mark Gilbert works for Certainty4Eternity, an organisation established to help churches share the gospel with people from a Roman Catholic background. Mark grew up as a committed Roman Catholic, but despite this did not hear the gospel until he started university. He trained as a...


S2.E15 Moore on Mary: Discussing Marian Apparitions with Lauren Moore

In this episode Lauren Moore joins us to discuss Marian apparitions, what they are, why they are important, how they impact Roman Catholicism, and how they should be viewed and understood from an Evangelical perspective. Lauren Moore has been serving with Pioneers in southwest France for almost 12 years. During that time she has been involved in four different church plants, each in a different stage: the Basque Coast Baptist Church (now an established church with a pastor), the Surf Church...


S2.E14 A Conversion Story with Mickey Aquilino

Listen to a conversation with Pastor Mickey Aquilino (Parkside Church - Alistair Begg). Mickey grew up Roman Catholic but didn't know Christ. After coming to faith through a renewal movement and reading God's Word, Mickey eventually left the Catholic church. He was led by God to Parkside Church where for 25 years he has helped teach the Bible and disciple others who come from a Roman Catholic background (like Amanda Scopilliti from season 2 episode 12).


S2.E13 Father Abraham, Had Many Sons...

In this episode we discuss the alarming theological implications of Pope Francis's recent trip to Iraq, where he pleaded for peace and fraternity, grounding his appeal in our common heritage found in Abraham. Episode Resource:


S2.E12 From Bondage to Freedom. An interview with former nun, Amanda Scopilliti

In this episode we talk with Amanda Scopilliti, a former nun who began her journey with the Dominican Order, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Listen to Amanda share about her journey from seeking Christ in the Roman Catholic Church, to ending up in hopeless bondage of religious function, to the day when God opened her eyes to the sufficiency of Christ and the biblical Gospel of grace. *This episode was recorded through Zoom.


S2.E11 Faith and Reason (Vatican File 185)

In this episode we discuss Dr. De Chirico's next Vatican File, #185, which will provide an evangelical analysis of the late Pope John Paul II's important encyclical letter, Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) and help evangelicals better understand how to think through the relationship between faith and reason. Episode Resources Fides et RatioReasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology


S2.E10 An Introduction to the Papacy

In this episode we provide a brief overview of the papacy from an evangelical perspective. Episode notes: A Christian's Pocket Guide to the Papacy: Its origin and role in the 21st century


S2.E9 Responding to Your Questions

In this episode we respond to our listener's questions, which concern the RCC's relationship to Latin language, both today and in the past. We also briefly discuss Epiphany, and respond to a listener's comments on Mary and Marian typology. We also respond to several questions about indulgences: What is the difference between indulgences and penance? What exactly is the purpose of indulgences? What biblical defense does the RCC give to support indulgences? Lastly, we respond to a listener's...


S2.E8 - The Year of Saint Joseph

In this episode we discuss the year of St. Joseph, recently declared by Pope Francis in his letter Patris Corde. The Pope's declaration comes on the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX's declaration of Joseph as a Patron Saint of the Church (December 8th, 1870). We also discuss the special plenary indulgences decreed by the Catholic Church during this year of St. Jospeh and remind our listeners of what an indulgence is and how they are obtained. Episode...


S2.E7 - The Theological Pitfalls of Mariology

In this episode we examine the major theological pitfalls of Mariology in the Roman Catholic Church. Note: Please excuse the recording irregularities, we were in separate locations and had to record the episode on Zoom. Episode Resources: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin MaryANGELUSMary in Early Christian Faith and DevotionA Christian's Pocket Guide to MaryA Christian's Pocket Guide to the Papacy: Its origin and role in the 21st century182. The Dogma of the...


S2.E6 - The Historical Development of Mariology and Marian Typology

In part two we discuss how the Roman Catholic Church arrived at a fully developed Mariology from the Mary presented in the Bible. We also discuss how typology has been influential in the RCC's understanding of Mary, especially with teachings such as the Immaculate Conception, the Bodily Assumption of Mary, Mary as Mediatrix, etc.


S2.E5 - An Introduction to Mariology and Marian Devotion

In this episode we lay the groundwork for our discussion on Mary by underscoring the fact that Mariology and Marian devotion are intrinsic to Roman Catholic theology and practice. In other words Mariology is a core issue, not a peripheral issue that can be set aside and ignored. The intrinsic nature of Mariology is expressed in daily prayers to her, in shrines and churches dedicated to her, and pilgrimages to visit places of Marian apparitions that attract millions of Catholic faithful. We...


S2.E4 - An Evangelical Critique of the Roman Catholic Doctrine of Transubstantiation

In this episode the Associate Director of the Reformanda Initiative (Reid Karr) examines and critiques the doctrine of transubstantiation and the sacrament of the Eucharist in Roman Catholicism. The critique is grounded in a review of Dr. Brant Pitre's book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper. Dr. Pitre is a Catholic theologian and distinguished professor at the Augustine Institute. #RomanCatholicism #Eucharist #Transubstantiation


S2.E3 - How do you define Roman Catholicism?

How would you answer the following question: "How do you define Roman Catholicism?" It's an interesting and intriguing question that is difficult to answer. In this episode we discuss a definition crafted by the Reformanda Initiative that we hope provides good food for thought and encourages our listeners and evangelicals to do the same. The definition also gets to the heart of the theology of Roman Catholicism and sheds light on issues that are of great concern to evangelicals. Roman...


S2.E2 - "Fratelli Tutti"; Pope Francis' Scandalous New Encyclical

In this episode we discuss the latest papal encyclical by Pope Francis, "Fratelli Tutti", (All brothers). What is a papal encyclical? Why should evangelicals care about the latest encyclical? Why do we find it scandalous? Listen to find out. Episode Resource: ENCYCLICAL LETTER, "FRATELLI TUTTI", OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS, ON FRATERNITY AND SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP


S2.E1 - Ben Shapiro Encounters Vatican II Theology

What is the Gospel according Bishop Barron and Vatican II Theology? Listen as Reid Karr analyzes an interview that took place between celebrity political commentator, Ben Shapiro and celebrity Roman Catholic Bishop, Robert Barron.


Summer Special - J.I. Packer and Roman Catholicism: What Evangelicals Should Know

J.I. Packer and Roman Catholicism: What Evangelicals Should Know. Listen as we talk with Leonardo De Chirico about the late, great theologian, J.I. Packer's involvement with Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT), and why Packer was inconsistent according to his own criticisms of Roman Catholic theology. Episode Resouces: Vatican File 178. Why J.I. Packer Signed “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” (1994) (and Why He Was Inconsistent)


Summer special with Tim Challies

Listen as we talk to evangelical pastor, blogger, author, and speaker Tim Challies ( about Roman Catholicism and his latest book, Epic: An Around-the-World Journey Through Christian History, Zondervan 2020.