Protestants should be thankful that Roman Catholicism isn't at full scale war with her!
That's the message I see. The only reason the Roman Church is not at full scale war-OPENLY- is Romes fear of loosing that war. When she no longer feels the need to hide behind ambiguous wording and loosing that war, she will take off the mask!
(Reuters) - Pope Benedict told Rome's Lutheran congregation on Sunday that Protestants and Roman Catholics should be thankful for all the unity achieved among Christians rather than complain about the slow pace of dialogue.
"Addressing about 350 Lutherans in their small church, Benedict said both sides had accused each other of slowing down the ecumenical movement, but that only God, not humans, could create true unity.
The movement has brought Christian churches closer together in recent decades but has lost momentum lately.
Some Protestants, especially in Germany, say Benedict has contributed to that by stressing more strongly the Catholic claim to be the only true church.
They say he also seems more interested in improving ties with the theologically conservative Orthodox churches than with more liberal Protestant groups.
In the Vatican's view, several Protestant churches have drifted away from common ground by ordaining women as priests and bishops or blessing same-sex marriages.
"We have divided the one path into many, so the witness we should give has been obscured," Benedict told the German-speaking congregation, which his predecessor John Paul II visited in 1983, in their common native tongue."