Plain English

The CDF said: Those communities that Protestants call “churches” “cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense.”

Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP“our Holy Father, Benedict, did not declare that our Protestant brothers and sisters aren’t “real churches.”

Further, he says:

When the NYT, CNN, CBS News, and all the media wire services out there learn to read English (or Spanish or Italian or French or Latin or any of the other dozen languages the Vatican website used to publish this document), then we can all rest more assured that their anti-Catholic bigotry is rooted in irrational prejudice rather than just plain ‘ole stupidity.

The CDF said: Those communities that Protestants call “churches” “cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense.” He’s right. Pope Benedict did not declare this. The CDF did. Don’t need a Ph.D. in English to see that.