The Pope and ecumenicism

In Salon, there is a reprint of an Associated Press piece about a recent re-affirmation of a document by Pope Benedict XVI about the relations between the Catholic Church and other religious institutions.  

July 10,2007 | LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy -- Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.

Benedict approved a document from his old offices at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that restates church teaching on relations with other Christians. It was the second time in a week the pope has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church.

On Saturday, Benedict revisited another key aspect of Vatican II by reviving the old Latin Mass. Traditional Catholics cheered the move, but more liberal ones called it a step back from Vatican II.

The Republican Party has successfully brought in Catholic and Baptist religious fascists to form a coalition of ecumenical moral fascism.  

How will other churches react?  The Baptist Church has historically viewed the Catholics using the tender and friendly term "the Red Whore of Rome".  Will they return to this?

This may restore a little of that natural tension and active hatred between the fascist types on the religious right wing.  After all, if God has made you the only true church, and some other church is the only true church, there is gonna be some blood in the water here.  

Can't happen fast enough for me.

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