The Friendlier Face of Rome?
Given recent ecumenical propaganda concerning "the
friendlier face of Rome," could someone explain what Vatican II, which
met in the 1960s, meant when it stated in "Apostolic Constitution on the
Revision of Indulgences" that the Roman Church "condemns with anathema
those who say that indulgences are useless or that the Church has not
the power to grant them" (Chapter IV, paragraph 8)? Anathema means
"accursed." Does this anathema mean the same thing as the anathemas in
the Bible (I Cor. 16:22; Gal. 1:8-9)? If it does, how can Rome embrace
Reformed Protestants (who deny that indulgences are necessary) as
"fellow believers" or "separated brethren," yet "brethren"
The same council stated that "they could not be
saved, who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by
God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it, or remain in it"
("Dogmatic Constitution on the Church," Chapter II, paragraph 16). Of
whom is it speaking? Wayward Roman Catholics, stubborn Protestants or