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Roman Catholic Church

  • by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder
A midsummer Associated Press report from Italy stated: "For the second time in a week, Pope Benedict XVI has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, reasserting the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church and saying other Christian communities were either defective or not true churches" (July 10, 2007).
  • by Paul Kieffer
In the last two years, Pope Benedict's clear positions on controversial issues appear to have given the Roman Catholic Church an "edgy" new decisiveness.
  • by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder
A recent poll printed in Le Monde Des Religions revealed that "the number of self-declared French Catholics had dropped from 80 percent in the early 1990s and 67 percent in 2000 to 51 percent today." In contrast, the number of declared atheists rose from 23 percent in 1994 to 31 percent today.
  • by Howard Davis
Is there any admirable trait which characterizes God that most people would accept? Certainly love must be that universally acclaimed divine trait. But is that the way religions really define God in practice?
  • by John Ross Schroeder
Generally speaking, the Roman Catholics have taught throughout most of their history that church tradition shares authority with the Scriptures. However, the latest teaching document in Britain virtually denies that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God.