Question of the Day for Wednesday, May 15, 2013
What are Sister Churches?
Q. I come across the term “sister churches” from time to time. What exactly does that mean? Does the Catholic Church have “sister churches”?
N.R,, via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
You ask a question about ecclesiology that bears on the relationship of the universal Catholic Church to the local or particular churches (commonly known as dioceses) as well as to the Orthodox churches. The term “sister Church” has been in use more frequently since the Second Vatican Council and often used in an effort to foster closer ecumenical relations with the Orthodox churches. In the year 2000, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger offered some guidance as to how we should understand the term “sister Church.” From the CDF (Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith) Note on the expression “sister Church” June 30, 2000, we read:
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