Filed under: Theology-Ecclesiology — Kevin D. Johnson
Most of our readers likely know we don’t go around quoting James White on this site, but hey…it’s been an interesting week here. Why not add one more bit of spice to the mix? Actually, the reason I’ve linked to his site is simply to acknowledge and denounce the continued arrogance of the communion of Rome in asserting herself as the ‘one holy catholic and apostolic church’. White quotes the document in full that of late makes it clear that neither Pope Benedict XVI nor the Roman Church is backing down on this point.
This is the one barrier that exists that keeps any real ecumenical progress from happening between Rome and the Protestant communions. Sad and terrible at the same time. May Rome repent of her arrogance!
Speaking for myself, I'm not the least bit offended by the pretensions of Rome.
The only folks who take umbrage are lower case “catholics” who fancy that they are entitled to some sort of honorary membership status in the Mother Church without having to pay their dues. If you want to be included in the Roman Catholic definition of “the Church,” then you have to cough up the membership fee.
They have a childish longing to belong without becoming what they long to belong to.