If you haven't read it; Catholic Church only true church.
Ya know, you think you are making progress on communion with the RCC, and you get told they are the only true church. (What are we fake churches?)
It says although Orthodox churches are true churches, they are defective because they do not recognize the primacy of the Pope. and then "It follows that these separated churches and communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation," (Whoops, I guess I am not saved either.)
The document adds that Protestant denominations — called Christian Communities born out of the Reformation — are not true churches, but ecclesial communities. (Just what are those?)
"These ecclesial communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood … cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called 'churches' in the proper sense," it said. (But we practice the sacraments.)Reverend mother suggests they use the following Marketing Slogan. How’s this for a marketing slogan:
Christianity: Answering Questions Nobody’s Asking Anymore
Over the past 5 years the Methodist church has been in dialogs with the Catholic Church, and issued a report on these meetings called "Through Divine Love: The Church in Each Place and All Places." It said we have some parallels with the Catholic. (I guess we actually live in parallel universes.)
Thanks for reverend mother's comments, so what do you think?
I don't know how to say this, but I'll just say it, I don't believe in the Pope, I believe in Jesus.
And if that means I don't belong to the only true church, or not a Christian, than so be it. I'll just keep believing in and following Jesus to the best of my ability.
I just don't think it is about denominations anyway or even non denominational status.
What I get concerned about is how these kind of things are not a witness to God's love.
But as reverend mother said, she is moving on, and I am too. I am moving on to continue to share God's love with others.