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 Issues | Ecumenical | The Church of Rome has erred


The differences between the Roman Catholic and the various protestant Churches centres on two fundamental issues that strike at the very heart of religion. These two issues have many practical consequences and help explain some of the history of the division between the churches.

The most important question any individual faces is how they can be right with God.  How can you enter heaven?

The word used to describe how someone can be 'right' with God is JustificationThe differences regarding the doctrine of justification have been described as the ‘formal cause’ of the Reformation.

But, if we want to know the answer to these questions, then this raises an even deeper question on the nature of Authority. How can we be confident that a particular teaching about salvation is true? On what authority does it rest.  The matter of authority has been described as the 'material cause' of the Reformation.

Continued... - the main issues


Article XIX of the 39 Articles of Religion

As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, have erred; so also the Church of Rome hath erred, not only in their living and manner of Ceremonies, but also in matters of Faith.

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Links and other issues

The Church of England and Roman Catholicism

Historical outline

The Authority of the Bible


Learning from Mary  (PDF download) - the Roman Catholic errors explained and Biblical teaching examined.

The work of ARCIC

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission

Toward Reunion - talk given at a General Synod fringe meeting in response to the Vatican document Dominu Iesus.

The Roots of Catholic error  - Jerome's mistranslation  - by Dennis Peterson

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Other Articles of Relevance

Books for sale relevant to this issue

Did Mary Remain a Virgin?  William J Bridcut - Churchman 111/1 (1997)

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Press Releases and News Items

Septembe 2010 - State visit of Pope - a betrayal

November 2009 - Response from the Council of Church Society to the plans by the Church of Rome to receive disaffected Anglicans.

July 2007 - Statement regarding Vatican's reiteration of their view that protestants do not have proper churches.

April 2005 - What is needed in a new Bishop of Rome?

July 2001 - Anglican Anger Naive

July 2001 - Primacy

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Related Links
Roman Error
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BulletRoots of the error

BulletToward Reunion

BulletRoman teaching on Mary
BulletBiblical teaching on Mary


Ecumenical Pages
BulletARCIC - Church 1991
BulletARCIC - Life in Christ 1995
BulletARCIC on Mary
BulletGrowing Together (IARCCUM)

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