How would you respond to these statements which appeared in a local newspaper today:
…Though the Old Catholic Church officially dates to 1870 and exists apart from the Roman Catholic Church, its orders and sacraments were recognized by Rome through a declaration signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) in 2000. It’s one of 33 “branches of the Catholic Church with a capital ‘C,’ ” said the Most Rev. Michael Hillis, who is presiding archbishop for the synod…
…Hillis said many call his church “independent” Catholic, but that is a misnomer because the Vatican, through publication of Dominus Lesus[sic], a declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, recognizes the validity of its orders and sacraments…
Here is their defense and rationale for this:
To me is sounds like they are playing a little slippery with Dominus Iesus. What are the facts?