In conclusion, let’s revised the claims of Pope Benedict XVI that non-Catholic Christians aren’t true churches:
“According to the Catholic doctrine, these Communities [the non-Catholic churches] do not enjoy apostolic succession in the sacrament of Orders, and are, therefore, deprived of a constitutive element of the Church. These ecclesial Communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood, have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense of the word.”
In this series of posts, we have established:
1. All believers in Jesus Christ are priests, and therefore the Catholic church does not hold a special and exclusive priesthood
2. Because of the lack of exclusive priesthood, the Catholic church does not have an exclusive method of performing the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper)
3. Believers are not saved by any work, including receiving the Eucharist in the way prescribed by the Catholic church
4. The Catholic priesthood does not have exclusive access to the gift of apostleship or apostolic authority
In examining these things, it can be clearly seen that the claim by the pope that the Catholic church is the only true church of Christ is fallacious and unbiblical. The church of Christ is made up off all those who have believed on his name and saved by his blood, death, resurrection and ascension.