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catholic and defective

St. Peter's BasilicaSaint Peter's Basilica

Today's Religion column for the Tribune & Georgian We are all catholic and we are all defective is my response to the Vatican's recent statement that other Christian denominations "suffer from defects." I say in part,
I am a defective Christian. This is according to a report released last week by the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This makes me far from unique. You’ve probably already heard the news that you are defective too. That is if you are not a member in good standing of the Catholic Church. All other Christian denominations and their members “suffer from defects.”

confession in Saint Peter's BasilicaI will attempt to give a reasoned response to the Vatican’s statement. But first, we need to be clear on exactly what the statement said. The nearly 1,200-word statement is put in a question and answer format to five questions of faith. All of the questions concern what theologians call ecclesiology, which means “the doctrine of the church.”

The main thrust of the short document is that the Vatican wanted to make it crystal clear that its teaching on the church did not change with the reforms of the Second Vatican Council held in the 1960s. In particular, the document says that work on ecumenism (various denominations coming together in the ways possible) has led to some interpretations that could cause “confusion and doubt.”

In that context, the new document says that the Catholic Church believes and teaches now what it has always believed and taught, namely that they are the one true church. In fact, the text says that to be part of the one Church established by Christ one must be “governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him.” They also state that other Christian denominations can not “be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense.”
The column goes on to a less reported and more important part of the brief document. The full text of my essay is here We are all catholic and we are all defective. The gist of it is that I agree that I'm defective, but disagree that I'm not catholic. You can read the Vatican's 1,200-word statement for yourself here Responses to some questions....

For other perspectives on the Vatican statement, head to The Washington Post's online religious forum, On Faith, where the experts answer what they think of the statement ...the church of Christ exists fully only in the Catholic Church.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor



  • At 7/20/2007 8:41 AM, Anonymous Linda+ said…

    I have wondered why it took the Roman Catholic Church until 1896 to slam the door on the validity of Anglican Holy Orders, which Pope Leo XIII did with his Bull Apostolicae Curae issued September 15 of that year. Perhaps the wheels turn slowly, and someday we will all be back in the good graces of the Vatican.


  • At 10/12/2011 7:16 PM, Blogger Butterflying said…

    Unless you have hands placed on you by successors of the Apostles, (read Roman Bishops)but that may not be easy to determine, then you are not imbued with leadership skills. You don't have the rights to dispense true doctrines, forgiveness & blessings from the Holy Spirit. Isn't that what the R. C. Church says? Anyway it seems that very few churches or denominations have any validity. At least they should have the Nicene Creed & total obedience to Jesus Christ. The Western Universal Church (All true Christians in the West)is often materialistic, pseudo-scientific & atheistically educated snobs, who divorce, get drunk & pray as often as the pagans & ex-Christians. Has the Temple been torn down? You will know them by their holy or filthy outcomes (fruits).


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