Outside the fact that in
part 1, the Nicene Creed has been
conformed with the Creed as accepted by the Orthodox Church wherein the
"...Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,...." proceeds only from
"the Father" and not from "the Father and Son" as the Roman Church has
promoted since the break between the Eastern and the Western Churches
in mid 11th century, part 2 contains the most important statements as
the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith backtracks on its claim
that Salvation is only possible from within the Roman Catholic Church.
For that reason, to assist in its reading, we are reproducing it
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2. In the course of the centuries, the Church has proclaimed and
witnessed with fidelity the Gospel of Jesus. At the close of the second
millennium, however, this mission is still far from complete. For that
reason, St. Paul's words are now more relevant than ever: "Preaching
the Gospel is not a reason for me to boast; it is a necessity laid on
me: woe to mme if I did not preach the Gospel!
" (1Cor. 9:16)
explains the Magisterium's particular attention to giving reasons for
and supporting the evangelizing mission of the Church, above all in
connection with the religious traditions of the world.
In considering the values which these religions witness to and offer
humanity, with an open and positive approach, the Second Vatican
Council's Declaration on the relation of the Church to non Christian
religions states: "The
Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true
and holy in these religions
. She has a high regard for the
life and conduct, the precepts and teachings, which, although differing
in many ways from her own teachings, nonetheless often reflect a ray of
that truth which enlightens all men
". Continuing in this line of
thought, the Church's proclamation of Jesus Christ, "the way, the
truth, and the life
, today also makes use of the practice
of interreligous dialogue. Such dialogue certainly does not replace,....
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