Wednesday, April 20, 2005
The document excerpted below was written, almost wholly by then Cardinal Ratzinger.
VATICAN CITY, Sept 5 (Reuters) (Condensed)
- The Vatican on Tuesday rejected the concept that other religions could be equal to Roman Catholicism and ordered its theologians not to manipulate what it called the truth of the faith.
The Vatican's restatement of its position was outlined in a complex theological document, the English title of which was ``Declaration The Lord Jesus -- On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church'' .
The document repeated Church teachings that non-Christians were in a ``gravely deficient situation'' regarding salvation and that other Christian churches had ``defects,'' partly because they did not recognise the primacy of the Pope.
At a news conference to present the document, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican's doctrinal head, said some theologians were ``manipulating and going beyond the limits'' of tolerance when they put all religions on the same
``Therefore, there exists a single Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him,'' it said."
So, if we don't recognize the ultimate supremecy of the Pope ( whose "primacy" is based on nothing more than tradition and power seeking) we're all doomed to hell.
John Paul II was a good man, and I respect what he did. Benidict 16 is a reclusive scholar type, hardset in every little teeny weeny ,often irrational, piece of Catholic dogma.
Regardless, neither reign supreme. And if it takes worshipping the Pope to get in to heaven...I'll see you all in Hell.