The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s June 29 statement on the ecclesial status of Christian communities outside the Catholic Church contains little that wasn’t already affirmed in Dominus Iesus and earlier declarations. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the major question raised by the document is simply “Why now?” In the statement, the CDF explains that many new “contributions” in the area of ecclesiology have given rise to “confusion and...
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