Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Pope: Other Christians not true churches
The Pope and the Catholic Church is still with that crap. Don't they ever learn? When you say things like that, you create unnecessary holy wars, and confrontations.
Pope Benedict XVI reasserted the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation.
The backlash and criticism:
Protestant leaders said: "It makes us question whether we are indeed praying together for Christian unity," said the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, a fellowship of 75 million Protestants in more than 100 countries.
"It makes us question the seriousness with which the Roman Catholic Church takes its dialogues with the reformed family and other families of the church," the group said in a letter charging that the document took ecumenical dialogue back to the era before the Second Vatican Council.
The 200 page documents' quotes: The commentary repeated church teaching that says the Catholic Church "has the fullness of the means of salvation."Christ 'established here on earth' only one church," The other communities "cannot be called 'churches' in the proper sense" because they do not have apostolic succession — the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ's original apostles — and therefore their priestly ordinations are not valid, it said.
Justice MH: After reading through some of those quotes from the 200 page document, i can see why there are wars between religions or different secs of religions. I have said this before everyone is entitle to believe how they choose, or if they don't want to. For the Catholic Church to say they hold the truth and salvation is blasphemy. They have no respect for other Christian Churches and even other religions. Every religion has it's truth. It's very hypocritical for someone of another religion or a sec of that religion to say what you believe is wrong, and mine is right. Every human being has the right to a certain Christian denomination or another religion. Every religion may have different views and beliefs. For the sake of World peace, we can at least come down to a universal creed: love God, love one another!