20 July 2007, 17:26
Vatican’s recent document does not affirm superiority of Catholicism - Holy See representative in Moscow
Moscow, July 20, Interfax - The recent document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith does not affirm the superiority of Catholicism over other Christian confessions but has been prompted by the Vatican’s desire to clarify the characteristics of the true Church, many of which are present, among others, in Orthodox Churches, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Holy See representative in Russia, believes.
“Having thoroughly studied its contents, I would not say it affirms any ‘superiority of the Catholic Church over other Christian confessions’” - this is the comment Archbishop Mennini gave to Interfax on the document Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church, published recently by the Holy See.
According to the nuncio, the document “rather sets forth in an objective way the characteristics which make it possible to regard a ‘church community’ as the Church.
“First of all, it is the apostolic succession handed down in the sacrament of ordination and present, as Metropolitan Kirill has recently emphasized, in the Orthodox Church, but absent in church communities born out of the Reformation”, the archbishop specified.
Responses, according to Archbishop Mennini, have been prompted “by the desire to clarify some expressions of the church teaching on the Catholic ecclesiology”.
“The new document... as Metropolitan Kirill has rightly remarked recently, essentially has brought nothing new and it fully corresponds with the teaching of the Catholic Church”, the papal nuncio stressed.
He also pointed out that the document “stresses the need to search for ways towards unity, which the Catholic Church itself needs in order to be truly itself”.
See the full text of interview under the Exclusive heading.