I'm not talking about discussions with individual Catholics. I was talking about discussions between Protestant and Catholic leaders where the hierarchy has to toe Rome's line. Sorry if I wasn't clear.ImLawBoy wrote:Grifman wrote:I guess the pope has gone rogue then:ImLawBoy wrote: I do take exception to the idea that Catholics preach some sort superiority over other Christian faiths. I've certainly never experienced that at church, but I suppose it's possible that there are some rogue churches out there saying those kinds of things.
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Seriously, that's one of the problems Protestants have with Catholicism - we're not seen as equals in any discussions. Now that makes sense from the Catholic POV since the pope is infallible but it doesn't do much for ecumenism.I'm very, very disappointed to see the Pope make statements like that. Your assertion that you're "not seen as equals in any discussions" is just 100%, flat-out wrong, though.
Again, I was thinking of the official position of the Catholic church in ecumenical discussions with Protestants, not individual Catholics. I also get into discussions sometimes with Catholic apologists and they take the same position as the Pope in our discussions.I see you as an equal. I can assure that every RC priest that I've ever heard discuss other Christian religions has never stated that Protestants were in any way less than equal. You've obviously pointed out where the Pope has said different, but that doesn't mean you're "not seen as equals in any discussions."
That's a very Protestant view. Perhaps you should come on overAt this point, you can either choose to recognize that there are a lot of Catholics out there who do treat you as an equal in your Christian faith, or you can assume that we're all in lock-step with the Pope's statements (by the way, not all Catholics buy into the infallibility thing, even if that position might be grounds for excommunication).
Agreed.One way is a lot more likely to lead to better relationships between Christian faiths.
I will point out that the Pope's statement is nothing new - it's been the official position of the Church ever since the Reformation, though back then I think worse things were thought of us Protestants (and vice versa to be honest ). My point though is that what you called a "rogue" position is actually the official position of the Catholic Church, and not just the rantings and ravings of a few radical conservatives.