After all the media attention to things (Roman) Catholic in recent weeks, this may be a useful moment to reflect on the continuing significance of the Reformation. On April 24 the entire hour of Meet the Press was devoted to a roundtable discussion among Catholics of very diverse views. One moment, in particular, caught my attention.
Tim Russert, host of the program, had ventured with the panel into a discussion of Dominus Iesus, a declaration on “the unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church” (though Tim did not put it quite that way). This declaration was issued in 2000 by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.