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    Meeting on Sects and New Religious Movements Held in Vatican

    Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Continue Study on Phenomenon

    http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/mee...eld-in-vatican

    Vatican City, May 17, 2013 (Zenit.org) | 209 hits


    The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue held a meeting in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on New Religious Movements. In a statement released by the Holy See, the purpose of the meeting was to “offer an opportunity for further study on the topic, which merits attention and reflection.”

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    Re: Meeting on Sects and New Religious Movements Held in Vatican

    Sects- Catholic definition

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13674a.htm

    To the Catholic the distinction of Church and sect presents no difficulty. For him, any Christian denomination which has set itself up independently of his own Church is a sect. According to Catholic teaching any Christians who, banded together refuse to accept the entire doctrine or to acknowledge the supreme authority of the Catholic Church, constitute merely a religious party under human unauthorized leadership. The Catholic Church alone is that universal society instituted by Jesus Christ which has a rightful claim to the allegiance of all men, although in fact, this allegiance is withheld by many because of ignorance and the abuse of free-will. She is the sole custodian of the complete teaching of Jesus Christ which must be accepted in its entirety by all mankind. Her members do not constitute a sect nor will they consent to be known as such, because they do not belong to a party called into existence by a human leader, or to a school of thought sworn to the dictates of a mortal master. They form part of a Church which embraces all space and in a certain sense both time and eternity, since it is militant, suffering, and triumphant. This claim that the Catholic religion is the only genuine form of Christianity may startle some by its exclusiveness. But the truth is necessarily exclusive; it must exclude error just as necessarily as light is incompatible with darkness. As all non-Catholic denominations reject some truth or truths taught by Christ, or repudiate the authority instituted by him in his Church, they have in some essential point sacrificed his doctrine to human learning or his authority to self-constituted leadership. That the Church should refuse to acknowledge such religious societies as organizations, like herself, of Divine origin and authority is the only logical course open to her. No fair-minded person will be offended at this if it be remembered that faithfulness to its Divine mission enforces this uncompromising attitude on the ecclesiastical authority. It is but a practical assertion of the principle that Divinely revealed truth cannot and must not be sacrificed to human objection and speculation. But while the Church condemns the errors of non-Catholics, she teaches the practice of justice and charity towards their persons, repudiates the use of violence and compulsion to effect their conversion and is ever ready to welcome back into the fold persons who have strayed from the path of truth.
    Last edited by cnav; 05-17-2013, 04:59 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Meeting on Sects and New Religious Movements Held in Vatican

      From post #2 excerpt:

      That the Church should refuse to acknowledge such religious societies as organizations, like herself, of Divine origin and authority is the only logical course open to her. No fair-minded person will be offended at this if it be remembered that faithfulness to its Divine mission enforces this uncompromising attitude on the ecclesiastical authority. It is but a practical assertion of the principle that Divinely revealed truth cannot and must not be sacrificed to human objection and speculation. But while the Church condemns the errors of non-Catholics, she teaches the practice of justice and charity towards their persons, repudiates the use of violence and compulsion to effect their conversion and is ever ready to welcome back into the fold persons who have strayed from the path of truth.
      That's bold. I sacrifice no truth to objection and speculation.

      I stand, in Christ, boldly before the throne of grace whereby mercy is extended to me. PRAISE GOD! It's ALL His grace.

      Jesus is for all time, THE mediator between man and God.

      Hebrews 4:
      14
      Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
      15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
      16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

      Issachar
      The church is on Earth to save souls from a lost world, not to save the world from lost souls.

      Man learns about history, not from history. To learn from history requires wisdom. Cut off from God, he has none, so history repeats; no new thing under the sun.

      I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken - dylan

      Psalms 122:8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

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      • #4
        Re: Meeting on Sects and New Religious Movements Held in Vatican

        She is the sole custodian of the complete teaching of Jesus Christ which must be accepted in its entirety by all mankind.



        Lets' see.....would that be the same church I sat under the teachings of for 30 some odd years and never once heard the one true gospel explained correctly?
        A Moment Gone Is Lost Forever
        A Moment In Prayer Will Last Forever

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        • #5
          Re: Meeting on Sects and New Religious Movements Held in Vatican

          Originally posted by gail
          Lets' see.....would that be the same church I sat under the teachings of for 30 some odd years and never once heard the one true gospel explained correctly?
          Likewise gail. As I've said in other places in the past, I went through everything I was supposed to and was fully convinced that I was all set to be in heaven when I died; "baptized", first confession, first communion, confirmation .. of course, all the catechism lessons prior and during all that .. attended mass every Sunday; not just Easter and Christmas, went to confession regularly, did my "penance" and received communion regularly .. and found out in early adulthood that I had never heard of the need to be born again, never heard of "believing/repenting" and then being baptized, etc. In short, I was not saved and would have had an eternity separated from God .. the worst of which (I'm guessing) being the full knowledge of that separation and the fact that NOTHING can be done about it .. FOREVER. Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God .. forever, that He reached me with the truth; the truth that by simple faith in Jesus Christ and repentance, my sins are washed away, gone, outta here, nada!

          Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, who died on the cross in my place; took my penalty for sin and was raised the third day .. and WILL be back .. is the only ever custodian of HIS GOOD NEWS.

          Kind of a side note ... I believe (but do not know, of course) that the single, most astounding realization upon arriving in the presence of our Lord, will be a full and complete .. perfect, realization, that THIS IS FOREVER .. WITHOUT END!

          1 Corinthians 15:
          1
          Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
          2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
          3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
          4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

          So, so much simpler, eh?

          Romans 10:
          9
          That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

          Issachar .. could go on forever about God's amazing, saving grace ...

          Ok, ok .. just one more (ya, right .. ):

          1 Timothy 2:
          5
          For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
          The church is on Earth to save souls from a lost world, not to save the world from lost souls.

          Man learns about history, not from history. To learn from history requires wisdom. Cut off from God, he has none, so history repeats; no new thing under the sun.

          I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken - dylan

          Psalms 122:8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

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