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Friday, July 6, 2007

Vatican to Clarify Key Point of Ecumenism

(Kath.Net): This document will state the unique character of the Catholic Church and that Protestant churches are not churches in the narrow sense.

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A credible report indicates that the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith (CDF) is about to release a doctrinal statement (allegedly this Tuesday) clarifying a point of the Second Vatican Council, in which it will affirm that the "Church of Christ," referred to in Lumen Gentium is one and the same (synonymous) with the Catholic Church.

read the story here

The ecumenical ramifications of this are huge, at least in the mindset of liberal theologians who have suggested that the "Church of Christ" is an invisible body much larger than the Catholic Church. The notion is that there really can be no "true" Church established by Christ, but rather only multiple manifestations or expressions of it. Pluralism like this not only diminishes the role of the Catholic Church in ecumenical discussions, but rather obliterates it, creating in it's place a kind of hodgepodge relativism, in which all Christian (an non-Christian) communities are equal, and the truth cannot really be known.

The CDF statement is really nothing new, and has been outlined before under the reign of popes John Paul II and Paul VI, particularly in the document entitled Dominus Iesus issued by the CDF while under the administration of Cardinal Ratzinger, who has since become Pope Benedict XVI. Nevertheless, liberal theologians cyclically return to this heresy about every five years or so. This Vatican clarification should (in theory) go a long way toward reconciliation efforts with the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). The position of the pope is that Vatican II in no way contradicts previous Church teaching so long as it is interpreted solely within the context of previous Church teaching. The SSPX currently rejects the reforms of Vatican II thanks to the influence of liberal theologians who have twisted its meaning and interpretation.

The statement, coming in such close proximity to the Tridentine Motu Proprio, effectively creates a one-two punch against Liberal forces within the Catholic Church. I expect the fallout reactions will be interesting. Maybe even fun to watch.