Friday, July 13, 2007

The Pope Says the Catholic Church is the Only True Church

Christian communities and churches that are not part of the Roman Catholic order are either defective or not true, with salvation being impossible outside of Catholicism - that's the latest controversial proclamation by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Pope was reinforcing interpretations of the the Second Vatican Council, a set of meetings which modernised the Catholic church. Legitimate churches must have a lineage which goes back to Christs apostles, the Vatican believes.

The World Alliance of Reformed Churches, which represents 75 million Protestants across the globe, is unhappy with the statement. "It makes us question whether we are indeed praying together for Christian unity," it said.

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