Pope: Only Catholics Go to ‘Church’
Posted on Jul 11, 2007
In a move that strikes some as proprietary ecclesiastical politics, the Vatican released a statement Tuesday claiming that the Catholic Church is the only Christian organization eligible to use the term church to describe itself.
Predictably, the document drew praise from some, while critics called it insensitive and a harsh example of religious intolerance.
But in some Catholic circles, the document was viewed as sort of a Chicago Manual of Style.
“The Vatican is interested in theological precision in using the word ‘church,’ ” said Lawrence Cunningham, a theologian at the University of Notre Dame.
AP Photo / Luca Bruno
One true church? Aerial view of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.