on another forum, in a discussion about sedevacantists a Catholic deacon made the following comments:
"With regard to Ecumenism, it is clear that before V-II the majority opinion was that that Catholicism and Catholicism alone was the only authentic religion in the world. Furthermore, it was often stated, “there is no such thing as ‘schism within the Church,’ only schism from the Church!” By speaking of “reunion” with “other Christians,” Vatican II essentially bade this old concept farewell, with the result that the very way Catholics understood themselves was radically altered.
Moreover, it was the best, most devout Catholics who belived deeply that theirs was the only true religion, while those who weren’t so sure were considered “lax” Catholics. Is it any surprise, then, that people should feel as though “we haven’t left Rome, Rome has left us!” (In other words, while I disagree with this position, I can also sympathize with it.)
Is what he has to say an accurate portrayal of Catholic teaching? Especially in regards to other Christian Churches such as the Eastern/Oriental Orthodox? Is Dominus Iesus a genuinely authoritative document (such as "it can’t be because it contradicts an ecumenical council (V2)!)? The Catholics who hold to position such as the deacon above from my experience seem dismissive of it…
This concept has actually been bothering me for months after some friends have been basically telling me same thing in person and this quote above pretty much sums up what they have to say. I’ve also been reading Vatican 2 and post Vatican 2 documents on the Jews (another thread) but it seems to confirm what this deacon has to say. I have no problem with Church teaching on how non-Catholics can be saved, but if Catholicism no longer teaches it is the true religion, then how can I know those outside the Church (or whatever religion is true) can truly be saved?
So for people who agree with this deacon, if Catholic Church changed her dogma and no longer views herself as the true religion (or in this case, “only” true religion, which I guess implies there are multiple true religions), why bother being Catholic? (personally I’d have a much less stressful spiritual life as a Polish National Old Catholic or Anglican)