Leonardo De Chirico: Roman Catholicism Today
At a recent Ligonier Ministries conference, Leonardo De Chirico gave a message called, “Roman Catholicism Today.” Leonardo planted and pastored an Evangelical church in Ferrara (northern Italy) from 1997 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been involved in a church planting project in Rome and is now pastor of the church Breccia di Roma. He earned degrees in History (University of Bologna), Theology (ETCW, Bridgend, Wales) and Bioethics (University of Padova). His PhD is from King’s College (London) and it was published as Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism (Bern-Oxford: Peter Lang 2003).
He is Adjunct Director of Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione and editor of its theological journal Studi di teologia, and director of the Center for Ethics and Bioethics (CSEB). He is also vice-chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance and takes part at the dialogue between the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Together with Pietro Bolognesi and Andrea Ferrari he was general editor of the Dizionario di teologia evangelica (2007). Additionally, Leonardo is the Director of the Reformanda Initiative, which aims to equip evangelical leaders to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism, and the leader of the Rome Scholars Network (RSN). He is married to Valeria and they have two grown up sons, Filippo and Akille.