Re: Catholicism is the only true church, Vatican declares
- There's been a TON of misinformation on this document about the structure of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict never said that salvation is only in the Catholic Church. The news media has distorted this to an unbelievable fashion.
Let me quote from the answer to the second question, "It is possible, according to Catholic doctrine, to affirm correctly that the Church of Christ is present and operative in the churches and ecclesial Communities not yet fully in communion with the Catholic Chruch, on account of the elements of sanctification and truth that are present in them."
From the answer to the third question, "It follows that these separated churches and Communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation. In fact, the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as instruments of salvation....."
Let's deal with the document, not from what the media says.
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