The Pope reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s position as the only true Christian church, stating unequivocally that all other so-called “Christian” religions have defects. The fullness of grace and truth has been entrusted only to the Catholic church.
So basically, the Pose says: Screw the rest of you. You’re just shadows of the one true Christian church.
The document, entitled RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH, is very short and worth reading in its entirety. It consists of five questions and their answers. The answers to questions 2 and 3 are the ones that stir controversy, and certainly are what pisses me off. (and the response to question 1, which seems to have led to the reinstatement of the Latin Mass, is not far behind).
I’m not alone. Response to the release of this document, especially from other Christian churches, has been (he said, kindly) critical.
I don’t understand why my Church – the Church that I love – continues to believe that it is the center of the universe. How arrogant. How divisive.
Let’s see: The Catholic Church believes that the only way to salvation is through…the Catholic Church. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144 thousand Jehovah believers will be saved, I think. And there must be dozens of other Christian (and non-Christian) religions that also believe that their way is the only way to heaven.
Does all this exclusion mean that we are all destined for Hell? If so, then maybe it’s time I change my way of thinking and enjoy all of life’s vices while I can, because I too must be Hell-bound.
My Church and I are in disagreement. I’m not feeling very Catholic right now…