Vatican text angers Protestants
Pope Benedict has approved a new text asserting that Christian denominations outside Roman Catholicism are not true Churches in the full sense of the word. The document, issued by a Vatican watchdog, has been criticised as offensive by some Protestants.
The text was written by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by Pope Benedict before his election as Pope. It states that Christ established only one Church here on earth.
Other Christian denominations, it argues, cannot be called Churches in the proper
sense because they cannot trace their bishops back to Christ's original apostles.
That is saying something. The Catholic church can claim a direct link.