Well, the Pope didn’t physically pick up the phone and call me up to tell me “Hey Leonard, you’re not a Christian,” but he might as well. In a document released Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI claimed that those ‘churches’ outside of the Catholic Church were defective and ‘wounded’. In addition to making these claims, he continued on to state that the Catholic Church has the only true means of truth and salvation.
Now this is nothing new, but after Vatican II and the progress made in inter-Christian dialouge, it’s a it’s a poor show at continuing talks with the reformed Christian families.
This is also the second time Pope Benedict XVI has attempted at ‘overriding’ decisions made during Vatican II in recent weeks. His theological implications linger around apolistic succession, and how the modern reformed and protestant churches are not part of the Church of Christ because we have no physical ‘link’ to the original apostles and The Rock (Not Dwayne Johnson), Peter.
“Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one church,” said the document released as the pope vacations at a villa in Lorenzago di Cadore, in Italy’s Dolomite mountains.
It’s interesting to see just how much a comment like this will damage inter-Christian dialouge.
As for myself; I’ll let God tell me whether I’m in His church or not.