In spite of claims that the doctrines of Protestantism are closer now to those of the Roman Catholic Church, this article explains that there remains a vast difference between the two traditions. It considers such differences in the doctrines of justification, Scripture and tradition, church and sacraments, Mary and the saints, indulgences, and purgatory.
This article provides a series of questions and answers that engage with the authority of Scripture and how it is the only rule of faith and practice. It also considers the Roman Catholic church's view, which identifies Scripture and tradition as the infallible rule of faith and practice. Various points raised by the Roman Church in defence of its position are debated in detail.
This article reflects on the "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justificatiion" drawn up by official representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Worldwide Lutheran Federation as the fruit of a two-decade dialogue. Dorman first reflects on key portions of the declaration and its supporting documents. Some of the international responses are also examined.
There are calls today for reformed churches to work with the Roman Catholic Church. Fundamental to this is the question: has the Roman Catholic Church changed? This article shows that what divided the Roman Catholic Church from the reformers was the view on the authority of Scripture. Catholicism still upholds tradition and hierarchy as the supreme authority, and therefore unity with reformed churches remains impossible.
Looking at Matthew 16:18, this article looks at the significance of Jesus changing Simon's name to Peter. This renaming had a significant meaning, like all other renamings in the Bible. However, its significance is not in the way that the Roman Catholic Church claims, which maintains that Peter was the first pope. This interpretation lacks evidence from scripture.