I fully agree with you. I'd like to ask a question, "what is the Biblical definition of Church? From the Greek language the meaning is: The ones that are called out. These are the ones that have been called out from the world (sin). The Church is therefore a body of believers, people that have heard the Gospel Message and responded to Jesus. The Gospel of St. John says in Chapter 1:12, "But as many as received Him,to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,"As someone who is catholic and was raised in the faith, I find this truly offensive that the Pope would make a statement like this. It is making me seriously consider leaving the church. As long as popele believe in God and the holy trinity, why does it matter whether they believe as catholics, methodists, lutherans, etc? I think Benedict has gone too far with this statement and I do believe it is going to hurt the catholic church in the long run.
Let's face the Truth, Jesus said I'm the Way the Truth and the Life, No one comes to the Father except through Me."
Denominations are not the answer, Jesus is the answer. My faith is not in man made doctrines but the Word of God. Which denomination did The Blessed Virgin Mary belong to? Which Church did Jesus attend? Were Peter, Paul, Andrew and John Catholics?, Baptists?, Methodists? I know that you know the answer. The question was asked in Acts 16:30, What must I do to be saved? The answer in Acts 16:31 was, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you and your household will be saved. Let's put our faith in Jesus Christ, He is the Saviour of the world. Only Jesus can save. Trust in Him.