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Vatican     CATHOLIC CHURCH MOTHER OF ALL CHURCHES: RATZINGER
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written to bishops around the world cautioning them on how they use the expression "sister Churches" when engaged in ecumenical dialogue.
    The document says the Catholic Church is not a sister, but mother of all particular Churches.
    The Tablet reports that Congregation Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger signed a note attempting to clarify the proper sense of the expression "sister Churches", which "may only be used by those ecclesial communities that have preserved a valid episcopate and Eucharist".
    "While there is certainly a legitimate use of this expression (sister Churches)", says the Vatican text, "an ambiguous use has become prevalent in contemporary writings on ecumenism" and "it is therefore appropriate to recall the correct and proper use of this expression".
    One unnamed theologian quoted by The Tablet regretted that the note implicitly resurrected the pre-Vatican II notion of the "one, true Church".
   
Tablet
   
4 Sep 00



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