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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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James


What I like about the times I now live in, is that for the first time in my life (I'm in my forties) - people are daring to break the bonds of stifling and dumbing political correctness and to speak truth again about all sorts of things.

Islam is one of them.

James

spaxx

But the Pope evidently isn't.
He once dared and promptly retracted his statements. Bishops followed suit. Now, that isn't "standing for the truth" is it?

How about someone boldly declaring that save for catholicism, all other faiths lead to the bottomless pit.

Thomistic

It is enough to say that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church and then to carefully explain that non-Catholics can get to heaven, but only by their adherence to what they know to be true that is actually in conformity with the Catholic Faith.

Saying that " all other faiths lead to the bottomless pit" isn't even entirely accurate.

There is truth in other religions (in so far as that they conform to what the Church teaches). That truth is a Catholic truth (properly speaking) but it is also held by any number of denominations and/or creeds.

In so far as a religion is true, it doesn't "lead to the bottomless pit".

The notion that running around telling people without a careful, detailed explanation that they're destined for "the bottomless pit" is a prudent course of action sort of baffles me. How could anyone seriously believe that is appropriate? Did Christ act that way? Did He Lord the fact that He is God over His disciples and browbeat them for not instantly recognizing the Truth or did He lovingly lead them to the Truth by meeting them where they were in terms of their understanding?

Has anyone seen the type of triumphalist evangelization I am denouncing produce many conversions among people who don't know any better?

I certainly haven't.

And don't even try to say the Saints and apostles spoke that way, because there was much, much more to their message than that, whereas many Traditional Catholics begin and end by telling everyone else that they're going to hell.

It may give some Catholics a smug sense of satisfaction to think themselves superior for possessing the Catholic faith (which is theirs by God's grace, not their own merit), but they seem to forget that pride also leads to "the bottomless pit".

We are all judged by whether or not we act (our "works") in accordance with our certain conscience. We are not held accountable for ignorance of the truth or unintentional errors in our conscience.

That is the teaching of the Church.

I'm sorry that some Traditional Catholics don't understand that arrogance combined with a narrow focus on only one aspect of Catholic doctrine while ignoring other teachings of the Church is an obstacle to the conversion of others.

I grow weary of prickly, bitter, and contentious Traditional Catholics who make a hobby of running around judging others and alienating people. People like that hurt Traditional Catholicism, because they think themselves bold like the saints and innocent as angels, while remaining proud as devils and driving those in error away from Traditional Catholicism by creating the impression that all Traditional Catholics are bitter, contentious troublemakers who can't get along with others.

Pax,

Thomistic

spaxx

Thomistic,

The catholic dogma of "no salvation outside the catholic church" has always and everywhere been taught by the Church since her founding. It has been affirmed many times over by the Churches Magesterium. Any objections or complaints should be directed to the founding fathers, martyrs, and doctors, of the Church who not only FORCEFULLLY taught it but also laid down their lives in defence of this dogma.

You eloquently present your arguments. But will such eloquent statements that maintain
"other faiths have an element of truth in them" lead souls to salvation? The answer is a resounding NO. Many will say that Anglicanism, Lutheranism, and Islam have an element of truth. Can one then assert that their founders King Henry VIII, Martin Luther,and Muhammad, are all in heaven sharing in the glory of Jesus's Triumph? This cannot be the casee. It thus follows that if the leaders of these sects are not, and cannot be, in heaven how then will the followers get there if they follow the faith and principles of their founders?

That all other faiths lead to the bottomless pit is indeed accurate or else the pontiffs responsible for statements that follow were all mistaken.

In his allocution to the Cardinals held on December 17, 1847, Pope Pius IX said:

"In our times, many of the enemies of the Catholic Faith direct their efforts towards placing every monstrous opinion on the same level with the doctrine of Christ, or confounding it therewith; and so they try more and more to propagate that impious system of the indifference of religions. But quite recently — we shudder to say — certain men have not hesitated to slander us by saying that we share in their folly, favor that most wicked system, and think so benevolently of every class of mankind as to suppose that not only the sons of the Church, but that the rest also, however alienated from Catholic unity they may remain, are alike in the way of salvation, and may arrive at everlasting life. We are at a loss, from horror, to find words to express our detestation of this new and atrocious injustice that is done us. “Let those, therefore, who wish to be saved, come to the pillar and the ground of Faith, which is the Church; let them come to the true Church of Christ, which, in her bishops and in the Roman Pontiff, the chief head of all, has the succession of apostolical authority which has never been interrupted, which has never counted anything of greater importance than to preach, and by all means to keep and defend the doctrine proclaimed by the Apostles at Christ’s command."

In addition to Pope Pius IX no less than fifteen popes have taught and defended this truth.

Pope Pius IV:

"I promise, vow, and swear that, with God's help, I shall most constantly hold and profess this true Catholic faith, outside which no one can be saved." : from the Bull "Injunctum Nobis," DZ:1000

Pope Pius VIII:

"Remember this firm dogma of our religion: that outside the true Catholic faith no one can be saved." - RECOLLECTIONS OF THE LAST FOUR POPES, Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman, London: 1858

Pope Pius IX (Nostis et Nobiscum," December 8, 1849) :

"See to it that the faithful have fixed firmly in their minds this dogma of our most holy religion: the absolute necessity of the Catholic faith for attaining salvation."

Pope St. Pius X (Jucunda Sane):

"Where is the road which leads us to Jesus Christ? It is the Church. It is our duty to recall to everyone, great and small, the absolute necessity we are under to have recourse to this Church in order to work out our eternal salvation." - "Supremi Apostolatus,"

Pope Pius XI (Mortalium Animos):

"If any man does not enter the Church, or if any man departs from it, he is far from the hope of life and salvation."

Pope Pius XII ("Ad Apostolorum Principis)

"No one can depart from the teaching of Catholic truth without loss of faith and salvation."

Vatican I (Papal Oath):

"This true Catholic faith, outside which no one can be saved, which I now freely profess and truly hold, I do promise and swear that I will most constantly keep and confess whole and inviolate with the help of God until the last breath of my life, and that I will take great care that it be held, taught, and preached by my inferiors and by those who are placed under my charge."

Pope Pelagius II (A.D. 578-590):

"Consider the fact that whoever has not been in the peace and unity of the Church cannot have the Lord. Although given over to flames and fires, they burn, or, thrown to wild beasts, they lay down their lives, there will not be for them that crown of faith but the punishment of faithlessness. Such a one can be slain, he cannot be crowned. If slain outside the Church, he cannot attain the rewards of the Church."

Pope St Gregory the Great (Moralia):

"Now the holy Church universal proclaims that God cannot be truly worshipped saving within herself, asserting that all they that are without her shall never be saved."

Pope Sylvester II (Profession of Faith made as Archbishop of Rheims, June 991):

"I profess that outside the Catholic Church, no one is saved."

Pope Saint Leo IX (regarding the eastern so-called "Orthodox" schismatics):

"If you live not in the body which is Christ, you are none of His. Whose, then, are you? You have been cut off and will wither, and like the branch pruned from the vine, you will burn in the fire - an end which may God's goodness keep far from you."

Pope Innocent III (Fourth Lateran Ecumenical Council):

"There is only one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one can be saved."

Pope Eugene IV (Exultate Deo):

"Whoever wishes to be saved needs, above everything else, to hold the Catholic faith. Unless each one preserves this faith whole and inviolate, he will perish in eternity without a doubt."

Pope Adrian II:

"The first requirement of salvation is to keep to the standard of the true faith."

Pope Gregory XVI (Summo Jugiter):

"He who is separated from the body of the Catholic Church, however praiseworthy his conduct may otherwise seem, will not be saved."

Pope Leo XIII (Satis Cognitum:)

"The Church...regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own...The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium...Whosoever is separated from the Church is united to an adultress. He has cut himself off from the promises of the Church, and he who leaves the Church of Christ cannot arrive at the rewards of Christ...He who observes not this unity observes not the law of God, holds not the faith of the Father and the Son, clings not to life and salvation."

Some eminent catholic personalities even put it more bluntly.

St. Louis Marie de Montfort:

"There is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. Anyone who resists this truth perishes."

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori:

"We must believe that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true Church; hence, they who are out of our Church, or they who are separated from it, cannot be saved."

These teachings are in stark contrast to the confusing and dangerous assertion that:

"There is truth in other religions (in so far as that they conform to what the Church teaches). That truth is a Catholic truth (properly speaking) but it is also held by any number of denominations and/or creeds."

It is confusing because a truth cannot be a truth if it is later overturned by liberal minded bishops; otherwise it wasnt a truth in the first place. The Catholic Church is guided by The Holy Spirit and ascribing confusion to God is blasphemous. Hence such confusion can only come from satan working through liberal minded and apostate bishops and priests. It is dangerous because we have been clearly warned that we shall perish if we resist this truth.

Now, why would one ignore these teachings in favour of teachings from liberal minded catholics whose only concerns are worldly opinions? It would be foolish and suicidal to do so. When there is a question of eternal salvation and eternal damnation, a sensible man will choose the surest way to Heaven.

Finaly you say that:

"We are all judged by whether or not we act (our "works") in accordance with our certain conscience."

But by heasitating or fearing to tell a heretic that he will perish if he persists in his heretical faith, you are certainly not being charitable at all.

On the other hand it is a very great act of charity to assert most emphatically, that out of the Catholic Church there is no salvation possible. Jesus Christ and His Apostles have taught this doctrine in very plain language. He who sincerely seeks the truth is glad to hear it, and embrace it, in order to be saved.

Besides, ever heard of the sin of omission? Catholic church teaches that this sin of is a mortal sin.

Thomistic

spaxx,

Are you a Feeneyite?

Do you dispute this section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

"Outside the Church there is no salvation"

846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.336

847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:

Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation.337

848 "Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men."338

As you can see, the Holy Catholic Church teaches that non-Catholics can get to heaven without ever formally entering the Church (just as I said before).

While I do not dispute that it is God's Holy Will that all people enter the Church, and while I wholeheartedly acknowledge the need to evangelize all peoples and nations, I do not understand how anyone can ignore the fact that people who are formally non-Catholics (in an external sense) can still enter heaven.

Although it is false to say that any other religion can "save" people, it is equally false to give others the impression that they will be numbered among the damned unless they are formally and externally members of the Catholic Church.

Pax,

Thomistic

Loyolalaw98

SPAXX,

I don't know if you are a sede vacantist. I know that some of your fellow commnenters have alleged that you are. Whatever the case, it was PIUS XII who excommunicated a priest at Harvard (his name escapes me) for teaching this "Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus" nonsense that you are regurgitating.

Currently, the Catechism of the Catholic Church,846-848, 851 speaks to this as follows:

"Outside the Church there is no salvation" - How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
"Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it" (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 14).
This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
"Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience — those too may achieve eternal salvation" (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium, 16).

Loyolalaw98

Gads!

I've done it again Thomistic. I am consistently amazed at the high number of times we have been writing on the same topic, albeit from slightly different vantage points.

You are obviously the wiser as you knew the priests name was Feeney!

spaxx

Thomistic,

Pope Pius XII did indeed excommunicate Fr Feeney but for reasons other than "Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus". There were far more grave heretical doctrines he was guilty of, doctrines related to Baptism, Justification and Sanctifying Grace. Fact is Fr. Leonard Feeney was excommunicated for grave and scandalous disobedience. He was "unmoved" in the face of repeated warnings and threats of incurring excommunication ipso facto. He refused to submit to the legitimate authority of the Church as exercised by the Holy Office, whose Prefect was Pope Pius XII, and was thus excommunicated.

He was indeed summoned to defend his charge of heresy AND his interpretation of the doctrine "outside the Church there is no salvation," but like martin luther, he refused to appear. Instead he stayed home and was excommunicated for it.

However, am neither Feeneyite nor sedevacantist though, i dont even know what these terms mean. And I do not dispute the fact that it is possible for God to save men by any means He pleases. But what I know is that the Church Fathers affirmed the dogma of "no slavation outside the cathoilic church" in plain english understandable to all and sundry. For what could be more plain than,

Pope Gregory's:

"He who is separated from the body of the Catholic Church, however praiseworthy his conduct may otherwise seem, will not be saved."

Do we not see praiseworthy Protestants, Lutherans, Calvinists, Moslems, Mormons, Buddhists, Hindus, Zainists, Hare Krishnas, Kabbalas, Scientologists, Freemasons, New Ageists?

Statements such as "Reformulating things positively...." are subtle statements designed to confuse simple folk and slowly but surely chip away at their faith. Confusion is satan's main tool. For what is there to reformulate? Should we reformulate truth so as to make it more acceptable to our brethren still living outside the faith? So how about teachings like this one from St Thomas Aquinas:

"To know whom to avoid is a great means of saving our souls. Thus, the Church forbids the faithful to communicate with those unbelievers who have forsaken the faith by corrupting it, such as heretics, or by renouncing it, such as apostates."

or this one from The Catechism of the Summa:

"Are heretics and schismatics excommunicated? Yes; they have no part in the Communion of the Saints."

And Pope Pius XI:

"That Christians and ecclesiastics should pray for Christian unity under the direction of heretics and, what is worse, according to an intention which is radically impregnated and vitiated with heresy, is absolutely impossible to tolerate"

You mention the catholic catechism and I ask you which catechism do you mean exactly? All new catechisms derive their inspiration from the Dutch Catechism of 1966. But we also know that the dutch set the pace in opening the way to heresy and everyone followed. The dutch episcopate promoted scandals such as communion in the hand, ecumenism, carismaticism, contested priestly celibacy, questioned Church’s condemnation of contraception. In a nutshell they are squarely responsible for the demise of the catholic faith in holland. The errors or omissions in the dutch catechism touch upon essentials of the Faith as to render it totally corrupting. The French catechism avoids affirming anything, except new and unusual propositions that have nothing to do with Catholic Tradition. I will not talk about the canadian catechisms but surfice to say that they are disgusting.

You mention Vatican II in your arguments, yet we all know the real fruits of this second vatican council, mass apostasy. Vatican II was the French Revolution in the Church; there couldn't be a worse foulness in the church than this. We see that Vatican II teaches things contrary to the Vatican I Papal Oath or previous councils. Could Vatican I and all the previous councils have been wrong? How different is then from now? Are the great catholic truths time variant? If so, then how can they be called truths? Truth is immutable.

St. Vincent of Lerins says:

"When a foulness invades the whole Church . . . We must return to the Church of the past."

He also stated in 490 AD:

"In the Catholic Church herself every care must be taken that we may hold fast to that which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all. For this is truly and properly Catholic."

On your last point concerning "Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church...", allow me quote Father Michael Muller, C.SS.R:

Inculpable ignorance of the true religion excuses a heathen from the sin of infidelity, and a Protestant from the sin of heresy. But such ignorance has never been the means of salvation. From the fact that a person who lives up to the dictates of his conscience, and who cannot sin against the true religion on account of being IGNORANT of it, many have drawn the false conclusion that such a person is saved, thus making ignorance a means of salvation.

If we sincerely wish not to make great mistakes in explaining the great revealed truth, "Out of the Church there is no salvation," we must remember that:

a) there are four great truths of salvation, which everyone must know and believe in order to be saved;

b) That no one can go to Heaven unless he is in the state of sanctifying grace;

c) That, in order to receive sanctifying grace, the soul must be prepared for it by divine Faith, Hope, Charity, true sorrow for sin with the firm purpose of doing all that God requires the soul to believe and to do, in order to be saved;

d) That this preparation of the soul cannot be brought by inculpable ignorance. And if such ignorance cannot even dispose the soul for receiving the grace of justification, it can much less give this grace to the soul. Inculpable ignorance has never been a means of grace or salvation, not even for the inculpably ignorant people that live up to their conscience. But of this class of ignorant persons we say, with Saint Thomas Aquinas, that God in His mercy will lead these souls to the knowledge of the necessary truths of salvation, even send them an angel, if necessary, to instruct them, rather than let them perish without their fault. If they accept this grace, they will be saved as Catholics.

andrewlikesfish

Boy oh boy. Maybe I missed something. It sure appeared that the Pope was saying that the Catholic Church will continue to evolve and learn from other faiths, as it has from the greeks. Not unlike a university's theology department it can learn much from other areas of study.
As far as arguing the constant correctness of our Church; you really might want to stop. No one will ever forget the atrocities of the spanish inquisition or the missionaries if not ordering, condoning the slaughter of countless native americans. Can you really imagine Jesus Christ being alright with that? Of course not. Quoting past Popes is just quoting men. Men we repect because they lead our church but sometimes even popes make mistakes. They are men elected by other men. They can only state their opinions not facts. Certainly they can't judge who will be admitted into heaven or not. The criteria for that is not up to man. I also feel obliged to say that anyone that may have martyred themself for the Church and not for God is martyring oneself for an empty building.
The Catholic Church is the original church. I was told it is the church founded by the apostles. So let's look at the or first church. I see a carpenter's son (likely a carpenter Himself) and a bunch of fishermen. They're hanging out with hookers and tax collectors discussing how peace,love, compassion and charity are the right things to dedicate your life to.
What I'm trying to say is let concentrate on the Word of God and calm down about the word of the church.

Thomistic

Andrew,

You don't make your points very well.

Your written thoughts are almost as muddled as your thinking and they betray a good deal of ignorance mixed in with what little truth you seem to understand.

If you knew as much about history as you pretend to know, you would know that the "atrocities" of the Spanish Inquisition were not only not explicitly condoned by the Church, they were not even done under the auspices of Church authority, but rather, by civil authority in Spain by order of the king, whose reign was threatened by those he pursued through the Inquisition. You would also know that many of the people summoned by the State run Inquisition deliberately announced heretical beliefs in order to be brought before the more merciful Church run Inquisition.

As for your disdain for the missionaries, many of whom, like St. Isaac Joages, were tortured and martyred by the Indians they sought to evangelize, I can only say that your ignorance of history has betrayed you again.

Nobody questions the humanity of popes, and popes can make mistakes, and have made mistakes. Not all popes have been saints, and a handful did not even attempt to live holy lives. however, none of those facts affects the dogma of papal infallibility.

The Popes and Sanctity

Quote:

There have been 78 canonized popes in the history of the Church, and 9 others who are currently blessed. This gives a total of 87 canonized or blessed out of a total of 264, or a percentage of about 32 percent. The most recent members of this group are:

Saint Leo IX (1049-1054)
Saint Gregory VII (1073-85)
Bl. Victor III (1086-7)
Bl. Urban II (1088-99)
Bl. Eugenius III (1145-53)
Bl. Gregory X (1271-6)
Bl. Innocent V (1276)
Saint Celestine V (1294)
Bl. Benedict XI (1303-4)
Bl. Urban V (1362-70)
Saint Pius V (1566-72)
Bl. Pius IX (1846-78)
Saint Pius X (1903-14)
Bl. John XXIII (1958-63)

There have been no more than about ten corrupt popes, giving a percentage of about 4 percent. The most infamous pope in history was probably pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) who had seven illegitimate children as a cardinal, which he openly acknowledged. As the newly-elected 61 year-old pontiff, he had an affair with the 19-year -old Giulia Farnese, who was herself a married woman.

It might be worth while mentioning the "Renaissance Papacy" in general. This period, which extended from the papacy of Paul II (1464-71) up to Pius IV (1159-65), has the reputation for producing popes who were alll either immoral, corrup , or both. This is not in fact the case. With the exception of Pope Alexanded VI already mentioned, many of these popes were in fact neither corrupt nor immoral. It must be admitted, though, that they may not have given the Church the leadership She needed during this time, especially with regard to reform and he calling of the needed Council (namely, Trent). Pope Sixtus IV (1471-84), for example, was a holy man. Julius II (1503-13) certainly loved the Church, and was the pope responsible for commissioning the new St. Peter's. But he wasn't as comitted to reform as perhaps he should have been. Even Pope Leo X (1513-21) was not a corrupt man, though his lifestyle was self-indulgent. Pope Adrian VI (1522-3) was a holy man. With the exception of Julius III (1550-5) the later popes of this period (Paul III (1534-49), Marcellus II (1555), Paul IV (1555-9) and Pius IV (1559-65)) all were committed to reform.

Regarding the sanctity of those popes who have not been beatified/canonized, I don't think it's possible to cover them all, just to mention one other holy pope of recent times. Pope Pius XII, he who has been greatly maligned, was certainly a holy man. Bear in mind also the suffering endured for the Church by those popes who have not been canonized, for example Pope Pius VII (1800-23), imprisoned by Napoleon during the latter's fleeting empire.

So in conclusion, I would say that the popes in general have shown a great deal of sanctity in their lives. 32 percent have been declared to be in heaven officially by the Church, other have shown holiness also. Only a handful have been truly corrupt. It is surely a sign of the divine institution of the Papacy that this is so. Even those corrupt popes never taught anything against faith or morals. Pope Vigilius (6th century) had even agreed with the Emperor to heresy if he bacame pope, and when he was in fact elected, he didn't go through with it.

I am sorry that you are so deeply confused, Andrew.

Perhaps you should study more.

I recommend beginning here: Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth

Here: The Holy Catholic Church: the Communion of Saints

Here: Communion of Saints: St. Robert Bellarmine on the Mystical Body of Christ

Here: Recognizing the True Church

And here: Faith in Christ Shown by Loyalty to the Pope

Pax,

Thomistic

spaxx

Andrew,

fact is The Church did indeed permit and even imposed the death penalty on obstinate Heretics. The extreme measures adopted were not only cruel but undoubtedly hypocritical. However, prior to the inquisition, the Church was for centuries opposed to bloodshed.

You say, "let's concentrate on the Word of God and calm down about the word of the church." But one asks which word of God? I'd rather one says

"let's focus on doing God's will."

But then again how are we to know God's Will? If each one of us were to individually do what we think is God's Will then one would for example, be perfectly right in thinking that by killing infidels or dissenters, one is doing God's Will.

Therefore every man must be taught. Christ told His Apostles: "Go and teach all nations (Matt 28: 1 9). He that believeth not, shall be condemned" (St. Matt 16: 16). This is precisely where a teaching authority comes in and this is The Catholic Church. It is the one and only true Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, to which one must belong in order to have any hope of salvation.

The Church of Christ, The Mystical Body of Christ, is and must be only ONE (Rom. 12:5, 1 Cor. 10:17, 12:13). One cannot have many mystical bodies. Jesus established only ONE Church and not a collection of differing churches (Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, Calvinist, Methodist Presbyterians etc).

The Church is the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:23–32). Jesus can have only one spouse and not many spouses (many spouses would be adulterous). This spouse is the Catholic Church.

The Catholic church, teaches only one set of doctrines, which must be the same as those taught by the apostles (Jude 3). This is the unity of belief to which Scripture calls us (Phil. 1:27, 2:2).

Without this unity in doctrines, you get the disunity and confusion which is the defining characteristic of Protestant Churches. There is no unity among protestants bse there is no common teaching and ruling authority to which members must submit. Protestants differ widely in faith, and are independent of each other. They are only united in what they deny and in their hatred of the Roman Pontiff and The Catholic Church. There is no unity among Protestants and members do not know what to believe. In following the principle of private judgment they have lost the very principle of unity.

Therefore outside the Catholic Church, one can expect confusion, lack of direction, and ultimately loss of salvation. For She alone is the custodian of the means of salvation instituted by Jesus Christ to assist men pass from a state of not being justified to one of justification. Justification is a necessary and sufficient condition for eternal life. Now the Redemptive work of Christ which opened the doors to heaven that had been closed to mankind kick-started off mankind's struggle to justification. To assist in this struggle Christ bequeathed to His Church the following means to further us along the path to justification;

1 - Holy Mass
2 - The Sacraments
3 - Prayer
4 - Doing God's Will

Therefore The Catholic Church, guided by the The Holy Spirit, expounds and teaches the Holy Will of God, showing us how to save ourselves and others (through apostolic work and constant prayer). Otherwise how would one know exactly how to attain salvation?

Let him who fears for his salvation hear the voice of the Church or be as the heathen, "If he will not hear the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican" – Matt 18:17

Some Day

The worst error of the Inquisition was to end it.

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