The University of Bristol awards a B.A degree to students of theology who assert that the Catholic Church teaches that the dead-saved in invincible ignorance, seeds of the Word etc, are physically visible in England and they are exceptions to the traditional Catholic teaching on salvation.They have to affirm an irrationality, something contrary to common sense.
According to a promotional video on the university website Catholic theology professor Gaven D'Costa states every one does not need to enter the Catholic Church for salvation since there could be exceptions saved with 'seeds of the Word', or 'a ray of that Truth', implying that these cases are visible to him in the U.K, so they are exceptions.This is a basic philosophical issue. How can someone be an exception to all needing to enter the Church for salvation, when that person does not exist in our reality ? For someone or something to be an exception it must not only be different but it must exist. When there are no cases of someone saved with 'a ray of that Truth'(NA 2) or 'seeds of the Word'(AG 11) or 'elements of sanctification and truth'(LG 8) then how can Gavin D'Costa consider them exceptions to the traditional interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. How can he imply that Vatican Council II contradicts extra ecclesiam nulla salus ? He cannot personally name any exception in 2014.
Students studying theology at the university have to accept this irrational premise of there being explicit exceptions and then build a new theology on salvation and other religions and claim it is that of the Catholic Church. When they accept this irrationality of being able to see the dead on which is built a fantasy theology they are eligible to get a B.A degree.
How can Gavin D'Costa state that Nostra Aetate 2 is an exception to the traditional teaching on outside the church there is no salvation? How can he infer that NA 2 is an exception unless he can personally know or see these cases who are saved or going to be saved without 'faith and baptism'(AG 7).
No one from the unversity has responed to queries to explain their educational policy on this subject. This is not an issue of different opinions or theologies but of an irrational premise be accepted intellectually as being rational. Then claiming that this is the teaching of the Catholic Church after Vatican Council II.
This is also a falsehood. Since no where in Vatican Council II is it stated that there are known exceptions to the traditional teaching on other religions and salvation.NA 2 does not mention any defacto, known cases saved with a 'ray of that Truth'.
Gavin D'Costa is unable to deny that he has used an irrational premise for a new theology and that there are no references in Nostra Aetate, Vatican Council II to explicit exceptions to extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
The Chancellor of the University of Bristol is Baroness Hale of Richmond.
University of Bristol video is telling a factual lie : we cannot see the dead-saved who are exceptions to Catholic traditional teaching on other religions and salvation http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2014/04/university-of-bristol-video-is-telling.html#links
Gavin D'Costa, professor of Theology at the University of Bristol infers deceased-saved are visible in England :official policy of the university?
Prof.Gavin D'Costa responds : does not deny that he made a factual mistake
Prof.Gavin D'Costa on the Bishop's Conference website infers Vatican Council II cites explicit exceptions to extra ecclesiam nulla salus