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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Vatican affirms that other churches not true churches

In a move which won't do much for ecumenical relations, the Vatican has released a document in which it has reasserted the position that other churches aren't really churches at all because they do not accept the primacy of the Pope.


A 16-page document, prepared by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Pope Benedict used to head, described Christian Orthodox churches as true churches, but suffering from a "wound" since they do not recognize the primacy of the Pope.

But the document said the "wound is still more profound" in the Protestant denominations -- a view likely to further complicate relations with Protestants.

"Despite the fact that this teaching has created no little distress ... it is nevertheless difficult to see how the title of 'Church' could possibly be attributed to them," it said.


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