Church on a Mission

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has just issued a document entitled “Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization.” The text should be available sometime today and we’ll post a link when that occurs.

At today’s presentation of the document, Father Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P, who serves as CDF undersecretary, said that the document first began as a project under the then-prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in attempts to clarify one fundamental problem:

“The fundamental problem is a pluralistic theology of religion which essentially states that all religions are equally valid in leading a person to salvation, so that the Church and Christ cannot claim that Christianity has some special path to salvation, but that each path is valid for people let’s say who are born into it culturally or socially. That fundamental error was addressed by the document Dominus Iesus, but now the missionary implications are being addressed in this document.”

For an official Vatican summary of the document–essentially the “Cliff Notes” version (which I find quite helpful)–click here.

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