… This subject–who gets saved and how, acdcroing to Catholic belief–can be maddening to talk about. But hope triumphs over experience! Here goes… Everyone, without exception, who is saved, is saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Period. No one is saved by works; it is by God’s grace, first, last and always. Works, however, are understood by Catholic teaching to be themselves a fruit of grace–and therefore, their being involved does not detract from the graciousness of salvation. If non-Catholics, non-Christians, and non-believers get saved (since it isn’t a sure thing for Catholics, it certainly isn’t a sure thing for everyone else), it will be through Christ’s saving work. Period. In heaven, there won’t be an atheists’ heaven, non-Christian heaven, etc. Everyone in heaven will know God as Trinity, Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Son of God. With a bit of imagination, one can describe ways this works out–e.g., how someone who spends his or her life as a non-Christian, or even an atheist, nevertheless finds him or herself adoring the Triune God. C.S. Lewis, to my mind, has done as good a job as anyone. In any case, such speculation remains speculation. The notion that catholic teachings use good works, for the non-believer as an adjunct to soul saving grace is anathema to the scriptures. Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.I don’t require a bit of imagination to understand the necessity of what is required to enter the kingdom of heaven via God’s grace and have my soul saved. It’s pretty clear father and I’m not sure why you or the pope nor the Vatican are defending or clarifying any of this. It’s pretty crystal clear. The proclamation of your intent voiced in body, mind, and soul to allow Jesus Christ to enter your heart as you Lord and Savior through his Blood and Sacrifice and Resurrection is the only way into the Kingdom of God. All three of you are wrong.
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