R03de_The Petrine Doctrine
The following is excerpted from a published article. It has been minimally edited by Mr.V for clarity and brevity. The bibliographic data appears at the end of the text.
[Proper Christian Churches]
Christian religions that differ from Roman Catholicism cannot be considered “proper churches,” the Vatican said today, reaffirming the position that it is the “one, true Christian faith.” The ecclesiastical communities that have not preserved the valid Episcopate ”and do not recognize the Pope as their spiritual leader” are not Churches in the proper sense,” the Vatican said in its Declaration Dominus Iesus,… .
Roman Catholic doctrine states that St. Peter, who founded the Church, received a mission from Jesus to exclusively administer the Christian faith and passed this power on through the popes… [Petrine Doctrine].
Issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican body formerly known as the Holy Office of the Inquisition, the document quickly drew criticism from Protestant church leaders. “The Church of England, and the worldwide Anglican Communion, does not for one moment accept that its orders of ministry and Eucharist are deficient in any way,” said a statement from George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Anglican church’s leading minister. Carey said he was concerned that the Catholic Church’s position would set back recent efforts to strengthen relations among faiths.
Pope John Paul II is scheduled to meet next month with Queen Elizabeth II, the head of the Church of England, partly to apologize for wrongs committed against Britain over the last millennium “in the name of the Church.”
The document released today reiterated that the Catholic Church does recognize the baptisms of other Christian churches. “Those who are baptized in these communities are in a certain communion, albeit imperfect, with the Catholic Church,” the declaration said.
Chris Staiti in the Rome bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomberg World News
Tue, 05 Sep 2000, 08:20PM EST
Copyright ©2000 Bloomberg, L.P.
For Your Consideration
We have seen that the Roman Catholic Church (from here on written as The Church) has Roman roots that are visible in the Pope’s Latin title as Pontifex Maximus. In this article, we’re introduced to the Papal religious roots via the Disciple/ Apostle Peter. In terms you and your classmate can understand, explain why the current Pope (Francis I) is the Vicar of Christ?