LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI reasserted the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says other Christian communities are either defective or not true churches and Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation. (Source)
The following is from The World Fact Book:
Religions: Christians 33.03% (of which Roman Catholics 17.33%, Protestants 5.8%, Orthodox 3.42%, Anglicans 1.23%), Muslims 20.12%, Hindus 13.34%, Buddhists 5.89%, Sikhs 0.39%, Jews 0.23%, other religions 12.61%, non-religious 12.03%, atheists 2.36% (2004 est.)
I suppose ole Pope Bene-dick doesn’t consider the God of the Jews and the God of the Muslims to be the same monotheistic (yet triune) God of the Catholics.
Let’s see. Three monotheistic religions supposedly have the same God, who happens to be triune.
It’s bullshit religious reasoning like this—there is only one true path to salvation / God = 3 = 1—that makes me think religious tolerance is
Besides, my theory that religious memes are keys to the collective mind seems less far fetched—and more testable—than belief in the imminent return of The Hidden Imam.
Correction: I posted before consulting expert Catholic
But Cardinal Kasper said the declaration “does not say that Protestant Churches are not churches, but that they are not churches in the proper sense, that is they are not churches in the way the Catholic Church understands the word church” (Source)
Just in case you’ve been reading mainstream media headlines, we should probably start out with this: Pope Benedict does not believe, and has never suggested, non-Catholics are all going to hell because they are not members of the Catholic Church. (Source)
Whew. Maybe one day even I—and the other 77% of the world’s population who aren’t Christian—will see the other side of the pearly gates.