Pope: Roman Catholic 'Church' only one true church

and other Christian denominations

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and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches

but merely ecclesial communities and therefore did not have the "means of salvation."
"Christ 'established here on earth' only one church," the document said. The other

communities "cannot be called 'churches' in the proper sense" because they do not

have apostolic succession ­ the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ's original apostles.

The document, signed by the congregation prefect, U.S. Cardinal William Levada, was

approved by Benedict on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul ­ a major ecumenical

feast day.


Pope: Other Christians not true churches


Jul. 10, 2007

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