New Document Released from the Congregation for the Doctrine on the Faith
Dealing with the Question of whether or not the New Document Released from the Congregation for the Doctrine on the Faith">Catholic Church is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Dispelling the heresies that all "churches" in particular protestant gatherings are equivalent to the Catholic Church.
(as read on Catholic World News).
These are a few of my favorite things:
First Question: Did the Second Vatican Council change the Catholic doctrine on the Church?
Response: The Second Vatican Council neither changed nor intended to change this doctrine, rather it developed, deepened and more fully explained it.
How many hundreds of times have we heard, "...but Vatican II changed all that"? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Fifth Question: Why do the texts of the Council and those of the Magisterium since the Council not use the title of "Church" with regard to those Christian Communities born out of the Reformation of the sixteenth century?
Response: According to Catholic doctrine, these Communities do not enjoy apostolic succession in the sacrament of Orders, and are, therefore, deprived of a constitutive element of the Church. These ecclesial Communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood, have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery19 cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called "Churches" in the proper sense20.