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Vatican Says The Catholic Church Is The Only True Church

| July 7, 2012

Vatican upholds herself as the ONLY “true” church of Jesus Christ

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:7-8, KJV)

Pope recieves the mark of the Hindu God Shiva.

As we see the signs of time rapidly enfolding before us today, it becomes more clear that the enemy’s plan has long been played out by those in their camp. Puzzle pieces of Bible prophecies that are falling into place today have long been made ready by those who will be in the picture in the End Times.

The One World Religion will soon become a reality as one religious system slowly but boldly gathers the rest of the world under her wing. With the fast forward move of Ecumenism, where the Pope aims to reunite ALL of the world’s religion, it is becoming more clear today who will sit in leadership for the One World Religion.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.

Benedict approved a document from his old offices at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that restates church teaching on relations with other Christians.

It was the second time in a week the pope has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church.

Formulated as five questions and answers, the document is titled “Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church.”

It says although Orthodox churches are true churches, they are defective because they do not recognize the primacy of the Pope.

“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,” it said.

The document adds that Protestant denominations — called Christian Communities born out of the Reformation — are not true churches, but ecclesial communities.

“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.

The document is similar to one written in 2000 by the Pope — who was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the time — that sparked an angry reaction from Protestant groups.

“I suspect there will be some reactions that are rather passionate,” said Raphaela Schmid, director of the Becket Institute, a group that advocates religious freedom. “I hope they will not be angry because we all try to understand about each other.”

The document is issued by Benedict’s successor in doctrinal matters, Cardinal William Levada, and endorsed by the Pope, said Reuters.

Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope still committed to Ecumenical Dialogues

The Rev. Sara MacVane of the Anglican Centre in Rome, said there was nothing new in the document.

“I don’t know what motivated it at this time,” she said. “But it’s important always to point out that there’s the official position and there’s the huge amount of friendship and fellowship and worshipping together that goes on at all levels, certainly between Anglican and Catholics and all the other groups and Catholics.”

The document said Orthodox churches were indeed “churches” because they have apostolic succession and that they enjoyed “many elements of sanctification and of truth.” But it said they lack something because they do not recognize the primacy of the pope — a defect, or a “wound” that harmed them, it said.

“This is obviously not compatible with the doctrine of primacy which, according to the Catholic faith, is an ‘internal constitutive principle’ of the very existence of a particular church,” the commentary said.

Despite the harsh tone of the document, it stresses that Benedict remains committed to ecumenical dialogue.

“However, if such dialogue is to be truly constructive, it must involve not just the mutual openness of the participants but also fidelity to the identity of the Catholic faith,” the commentary said.

Pope Benedict XVI at the Assisi interfaith gathering. (Getty images)

Father Augustine Di Noia, undersecretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the document did not alter the commitment for ecumenical dialogue, but aimed to assert Catholic identity in those talks.

“The Church is not backtracking on ecumenical commitment,” Di Noia told Vatican radio.

“But, as you know, it is fundamental to any kind of dialogue that the participants are clear about their own identity. That is, dialogue cannot be an occasion to accommodate or soften what you actually understand yourself to be.”

Source – MSNBC

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  1. Val says:

    This is not news. The RCC has always had this stand. Unfortunately many in the Protestant churches are ignorant to this and continue to enter into spiritual enterprises with the RCC. this should never be happening.

  2. Pat in MO says:

    Many churches, denominations,sects,belief systems teach that they are the ONE TRUE CHURCH. But which is the fastest growing? – Islam!
    Which threatens to anniahlate all unbelievers?Islam
    most,IF NOT ALL, “CHRISTIAN” “CHURCHES” ARE DECLINING & MANY ARE CLOSING

  3. Ps91 says:

    Thank You Cookie!

  4. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

    This all is coming just to that!!! God bless Us, All…

  5. The RCC is NOT a true Christian Church because it has embraced Islam, Buddhism, Paganism, the Occult, Shamanism, and the New Age religions in its desire to lead all the faiths of the Earth via the Ecumenical Movement, which seeks to build a One World Religion with the Pope as its leader, and the Virgin Mary as the false deity worshiped by all. For more information on this, please check out my YouTube Video Playlist about the lies being perpetrated by the Roman Catholic Church:
    PLAYLIST: Roman Catholics VS Protestants Awaiting Christ’s Return

  6. Grace Singh says:

    The Holy Spirit clearly said to me on two different occasions that He will not share His glory with another and He was referring to the Catholic Church and the worship of Mary.

  7. Michelle says:

    There is a growing belief that the False Prophet, who will be the the “third person” of the Satanic trinity of the Tribulation, will be the last pope of the Catholic church.

    With the determination of the Catholic church to enshrine itself as the only “true” church, and with the determination of the Catholic church to establish their pope as some sort of head of all of Christendom, this belief of the False Prophet actually being the last pope who will come out of the Catholic church is beginning to look very plausible.

    Revelation 13:11-12 tells us:

    Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. 12He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.

    So we know that the second beast will have the appearance of a “lamb”, which has always been associated with Jesus Christ, ergo Christianity, and he is involved in “worship”, as in forcing the world to worship the Antichrist.

    We are witnessing all of this coming together- the one-world religion, and what appears to be the leader of that one-world religion taking on a identifiable shape as well.

    Our time here is very short.

  8. Pandora says:

    I would never even think of joining the Apostate Church. Anyone who is a member unless they repent and leave will be joining the head of that church and all their members in the lake of fire. Think about that!!!

  9. Stand in line. There are several other denominations who think they are the “one true church” too.

  10. Read the Holy Bible and the history of the Church very well before commenting.The body of Christ is not just injured from our sins but also from our comments against each other.

  11. Christians YOU ARE ALL FOOLS
    think. at least Vatican as centralized guidance (like a corporation).
    and you christians ? you fight each other! you are obedient ants but with several tribes, you fight each other.. even islam as centralized control.

    If this happen ITS YOUR FAULT !

  12. Christians , vote a representative (living human) , or get your ass wipped off.
    Otherwise you will be eliminated like groups of unorganized sorcerers.

    I dont really care, and i spect this to happen, Dealing with muslims is the same as dealing with you. Smiling but rabid.

    this is my advice.

  13. I am no longer attending the Catholic church, since the answer to my prayer was to come out of Babylon while I was attending a mass. I will never so much as enter another catholic church again. Satan rules the highest level of the Catholic church, and there are satanic rituals there, murdering and sacrificing very young children to Satan for fleeting temporal power.

  14. MarkGOP says:

    Love one another. Is it really so hard?

  15. Sonya says:

    I am so laughing at the pope’s take on other churches suffering from “defects”! And this is not defective: To pray to a panoply of saints, to believe Mary, mother of Jesus, was without original sin, and to teach that we go to Purgatory after death to do the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary one better? As a reformed, protestant, dispensational, rapture-hoping Christian, I hardly reconize Catholic doctrine is of the same Faith!!

    • Michael says:

      The Romans believe they are the true church but they did not start until 325 years or so after Christ? Constatine was jealous that he could not wipe Christians out and from his “popacy” he started the roman church. Yes his church is mentioned in the Bible, it is called the Great Whore of Revelation.

  16. Goldie says:

    [This recently seen Google piece exposes a leading member of Christian Zionism.]

    THE MOODY ERWIN LUTZER

    by G. W. Rockwell

    Pastor Erwin Lutzer at the famous Moody Church in Chicago is an outstanding preacher. But he can be moody at times – rapture moody.
    Take July 29, 2012 for example. His “Moody Church Hour” sermon that day on “Philadelphia” (one of Revelation’s seven churches) included the following:
    “It is His coming, the rapture, that would keep the church from the hour of trial [a.k.a. the great tribulation] that is coming upon the whole earth. And isn’t it interesting? He does not say ‘I will keep you through the hour of trial but rather I will keep you out of – that’s what the text [Rev. 3:10] says – I will keep you out of the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole earth.
    “There is of course a disagreement as to whether or not we will go through the tribulation, or whether or not we will be raptured ahead of time, and we don’t know all the details until it happens. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if when we are going up in the sky we could look at all of those posttribbers and say with a smile ‘I told you it was so’? Wouldn’t that be wonderful to be able to do that?”
    The congregation immediately applauded.
    Note that Lutzer twice used the word “wonderful” when asking his audience how wonderful it would be to use spiteful pride against the only “rapture” view found in all theology books and organized churches before the year 1830: the posttribulation view!
    On the “Moody Church Hour” web site the same day (July 29) Lutzer wrote that “great benefit was derived from John Stott’s book WHAT CHRIST THINKS OF THE CHURCH when these messages [on Revelation's seven churches] were prepared.”
    Incredibly, the Stott that Lutzer leaned on disagrees completely with Lutzer. The same Stott book, p. 104, says this: “He would not spare them from the suffering [Rev. 3:10]; but He would uphold them in it.”
    It would be wonderful if Erwin Lutzer would visit Google and type in “Famous Rapture Watchers” and “Famous Rapture Watchers (Addendum).” Not only would he spot the very same Stott quote, but in the same summaries he would also discover that all of the greatest Greek New Testament scholars of all time have uniformly viewed Rev. 3:10 (the most important “proof text” for pretribbers) as teaching “preservation through” and not “escaping beforehand”! (“Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” is another informative Google article.)
    One wonders what will have to happen to change the Moody pastor’s mood.

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