NEWSCATHOLIC CHURCH .Wed Mar 16, 2016 - 11:49 am EST
Pope Emeritus Benedict breaks silence: speaks of ‘deep crisis’ facing Church post-Vatican II
Catholic , Pope Benedict XVI
March 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview (English translation) to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Katholisches.info.
Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell:
The missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that the unbaptized person is lost forever. After the [Second Vatican] Council, this conviction was definitely abandoned.
After the Letter of the Holy Office 1949 it was abandoned
The result was a two-sided, deep crisis. Without this attentiveness to the salvation, the Faith loses its foundation.
He also speaks of a “profound evolution of Dogma” with respect to the Dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. This purported change of dogma has led, in the pope's eyes, to a loss of the missionary zeal in the Church – “any motivation for a future missionary commitment was removed.”
The “profound evolution of Dogma” took place by assuming invisible cases are visible.
Pope Benedict asks the piercing question that arose after this palpable change of attitude of the Church: “Why should you try to convince the people to accept the Christian faith when they can be saved even without it?”
Pope Benedict XVI means there is known salvation outside the Church.He states 'when they can be saved even without it?” '. He is a Cushingite. He assumes invisible cases are visible and then concludes that the baptism of desire etc are not invisible cases but known people saved without the baptism of water in the Catholic Church.
As to the other consequences of this new attitude in the Church, Catholics themselves, in Benedict's eyes, are less attached to their Faith: If there are those who can save their souls with other means, “why should the Christian be bound to the necessity of the Christian Faith and its morality?” asked the pope. And he concludes: “But if Faith and Salvation are not any more interdependent, even Faith becomes less motivating.”
Faith and salvation has a rupture for him since there are exceptions to the dogma EENS for him.
Pope Benedict also refutes both the idea of the “anonymous Christian” as developed by Karl Rahner, as well as the indifferentist idea that all religions are equally valuable and helpful to attain eternal life.
He really supports Rahner's Anonymous Christian with the New Theology. Since there is known salvation outside the Church there are known cases of non Catholics saved in other religions otherwise how would they be exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus?