Saturday, 23 October 2021

The Difference Between the 'Spirit of VII' and the Catholic Faith

The teaching of the Spirit of Vatican II:

From an article entitled NZs Lutheran and Catholic churches make baptism agreement at CathNews New Zealand (my emphasis).

[John, Cardinal] Dew agrees, saying it “honours our commitment to seek the unity that draws us together, to be transformed by our encounter with one another, and to promote further expressions of our unity across our churches.

“The Catholic and Lutheran churches can learn from one another and speak with a common voice on issues of concern in modern society, with the conviction that they share one baptism and one faith.”

While there are differences in understanding and emphasis between the two churches, the Commission’s statement notes:

Catholics and Lutherans both assert that through baptism a person becomes a member of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.

“A parent couple that includes both a Catholic and a Lutheran partner are encouraged to bring their child for baptism in the church of their choice. They may seek to have both of their pastors/priests participate in the baptismal service.

“Christians are encouraged to speak of being baptised into the Christian church, into the Christian faith, or into Christ.

“They may say that they were baptised in the Catholic or Lutheran church but are discouraged from saying that they have been baptised Catholic or baptised Lutheran.”

The immemorial and infallible teaching of the Catholic Faith:

From the Catechism of St Pius X, The Ninth Article of the Creed (my emphasis):

12 Q. The many societies of persons who are baptised but who do not acknowledge the Roman Pontiff as their Head do not, then, belong to the Church of Jesus Christ?

A. No, those who do not acknowledge the Roman Pontiff as their Head do not belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.

It is true that all the baptised are baptised into the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, but to pretend, as Cardinal Dew does, that the Lutheran Church is part of the Church that Jesus Christ founded is plainly false! As soon as a child reaches the age of reason and adheres to heresy, he has left the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

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