Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My approach and that of the St.Benedict Centers, USA

Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
I have to keep explaining to Catholics that my approach to extra ecclesiam nulla salus (EENS) is not that of the St.Benedict Centers,USA, the great communities of Fr.Leonard Feeney ,which held on to the truth about the dogma for all of us in confusion.
For them in the diocese of Manchester and Worcester, USA the baptism of desire and being saved in invincible ignorance  must be followed by the baptism of water( I agree with them) and so there cannot be any exception to EENS. Their approach is theological and correct.
For me being saved with the baptism of desire (BOD), baptism of blood(BOB) or invincible ignorance ( with the baptism of water) are not physically visible and known to us.They are known only to God.Since they do not exist in our reality they cannot be exceptions to EENS.
Physically no one in Boston or Rome in 1949 knew of an exception to the interpretation of EENS according to Fr.Leonard Feeney and the St.Benedict Center.
No pope or cardinal knew of an explicit case of BOD, BOB or I.I with or without the baptism of water.
Physically it is not possible.
Similarly in 1808 Baltimore, USA no one knew of a physical case of BOD or BOB.
So when the Baltimore Catechism was issued it should not have been implied that BOD and BOB were exceptions to EENS.They would not know of any such case past or present.
Similarly LG 16, LG 8, UR 3, NA 2 etc , with or without the baptism of water,cannot be an exception to EENS in 1965 or now,2015 since there are no known cases.Similarly they did not know of any one who was saved or going to be saved in 1949, without 'faith and baptism'.Physically there cannot be an exception to EENS for us human beings.
So I keep saying that there are no known exceptions to EENS in the present times, and I mean it in the physical sense. They too say there are no exceptions to EENS and they emphasize it theologically.-Lionel Andrades



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