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Thursday, July 20, 2006

The 'Dominus Iesus' Papacy

In Roman circles, Vatican observers were waiting for the tsunami — a tidal wave of dismissals and replacements by which Pope Benedict XVI would remake the Roman Curia. Fifteen months into Benedict’s pontificate, the personnel shifts have been rather less dramatic, and well-leaked in advance so as to avoid the sensation of unexpected news.

So, no tsunami on the personnel front. His first appointment was necessary right away — he had to replace himself, since he vacated his seat at the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. But Benedict’s recent personnel changes may well be the after-effects of a genuine tsunami he set off six years ago with the publication of Dominus Iesus.

In the Jubilee Year of 2000, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger published, with the approval of Pope John Paul II, the declaration Dominus Iesus, largely restating Catholic teaching on Jesus’ role as the world’s one and only savior, and the status of the Catholic Church as his one and only foundation. While the teaching was not new, its forceful re-presentation created such uproar that the Holy Father took the extraordinary step of devoting an Angelus address to defending it.

Dominus Iesus, which insisted that other Christian churches and communities “suffer from defects” regarding their lack of full unity with the Catholic Church, was criticized both inside and outside the Church for lacking ecumenical sensitivity. Cardinal Ratzinger’s argument was that true ecumenism requires the Catholic Church to be open about what she believes about herself...

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