Goodness. I’m sure everyone else has already heard that the Pope announced Tuesday that non-Catholic churches are not true churches and that Catholicism provides the only true path to salvation. Click here if you want to read the article. (Hat tip to my friend Kerry for sending me the article.) What do people think about this?
I’ve often wondered about the balance religion has to strike between including others and not including just anybody. I have no doubt that AA folks would not feel that any meeting was a true AA meeting if, say, its members felt you could drink during the meetings but nowhere else, or that you could drink as long as you didn’t get drunk. The whole point of AA is not to drink at all. But is this the same thing? Why would Catholicism be the only path to salvation? Didn’t Lutheranism arise in part because Martin Luther felt the Catholic Church wasn’t the path to salvation? Was Luther wrong?
In other news, I’ve met a lovely gal who is a practicing Jew and who has agreed to take me to synagogue sometime soon. I’ve allowed a certain nervousness about new things to get in the way of that, but this seems to be the solution. She goes to both a conservative and a Reform synagogue, so I’ll be able to report on both soon.