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Protestant dismay at new Vatican document

Posted by: LWF-Asia on Jul 11, 2007 – 10:28 PM | Read 1019 times

Rome/Geneva (ENI). A new document authorized by Pope Benedict XVI restating Roman Catholic views that Protestant denominations are not churches “in the proper sense” has been criticized as setting back the quest for Christian unity. The document says that Protestant denominations of the Reformation “have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic mystery [and] cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense”.

The general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Rev. Setri Nyomi, said of the document, “It makes us question the seriousness with which the Roman Catholic Church takes its dialogues with the Reformed family and other families of the church. It makes us question whether we are indeed praying together for Christian unity.”

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