Workers decorate the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 26. The tree from the northern Italian region of Veneto will be lit Dec. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Workers decorate the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 26. The tree from the northern Italian region of Veneto will be lit Dec. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In response to letter writers who have said church teachings never change:

Pope Innocent III at the Fourth Lateran Council said this: “There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all can be saved.”

That was changed at the time of the Second Vatican Council to: “The non-Christian may not be blamed for his ignorance of Christ and his Church; salvation is open to him also, if he seeks God sincerely and if he follows the commands of his conscience, for through this means the Holy Ghost acts upon all men; this divine action is not confined within the limited boundaries of the visible Church.”

Lester Alberque

Tigard