National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Baptism, not bishops or pope, unites the church

 | 
American Catholic Council logo

DETROIT -- "Baptism unites the church, not ordination," theologian and author Anthony T. Padovano told more than 1,800 reform-minded Catholics gathered June 10-12 at Detroit's Cobo Hall.

Addressing the inaugural national meeting of the American Catholic Council June 11, he said, "The pope does not unify or sanctify the church and make it catholic or apostolic. This is the work of the Spirit and the community. The pope is an institutional sign of a unity already achieved by the faithful. The pope does not create a community of believers or validate baptisms or make the Eucharist occur."

Read the full report here: Baptism, not bishops or pope, unites the church

rectangular-logo.jpgVisit NCR's sister website, Global Sisters Report!

Friends of NCR 300x80 web ad.jpg

NCR Email Alerts