Vatican     POPE SAYS INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MUST NOT OBSCURE TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY
Pope John Paul II has asserted the fundamental truth of Christian revelation, insisting that truths held by other faiths do not complement the truth of Christ.
    Addressing a plenary session of a conference of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he regretted that ambiguities have arisen in theological circles which consider inter-religious dialogue a justification for syncretism.
    The Holy Father said that "in some ecclesial environments, a mentality has arisen over the last few years that tends to relativise Christ's revelation and his unique and universal mediation in regard to salvation."
    If this is permitted, he said the Church would also lose her reason for existing because she would no longer be "the universal sacrament of salvation."
    He continued: "It is against the faith of the Church to hold the thesis on the limited character of Christ's revelation, which would find its complement in other religions."
   
    Zenit (available soon) 12:14am 31/1/00

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