Repost : Catholic bishops of Dallas, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Florida, USA approved a Mandatum to teach there is known salvation outside the Church and the dead-saved are visible to us
APRIL 15, 2014
Catholic bishops of Dallas, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Florida, USA approved a Mandatum to teach there is known salvation outside the Church and the dead-saved are visible to us
'The theology faculty at Aquinas is united in its vision of the Church and her teachings. In accordance with the document Ex Corde Ecclesiae every teacher of theology has the Mandatum (official authorization) from the local bishop.' 1
The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, USA stated "All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all."
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church there is exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church. This is my interpretation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (846). For me, being saved in invincible ignorance (CCC 847,Lumen Gentium 16) etc is a posibility known only to God. Since there are no known cases in 2014, CCC 847,LG 16 are not an exception to Ad Gentes 7, cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (846). All need to enter the Church as through a door (CCC 846). All need faith and baptism (AG 7).
So the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1993) is in agreement with the Catechism of Pope Pius X. CCC 846 has the same message as the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and the Syllabus of Errors.
The Mandatum has been given for universities and school teachers by the bishops in the USA to teach that CCC 846 is contradicted by CCC 847 and 848.
In other words there are visible cases in the USA of the deceased saved in invincible ignorance etc who are exceptions to all needing to enter the Church as through a door and all needing faith and baptism for salvation. (CCC 846,Ad Gentes 7)
It is the same Catechism of the Catholic Church but we have different interpretations of CCC 846. For me CCC 847 and 848 are not exceptions to CCC 846 (and CCC 845). For the USCCB they are exceptions to Tradition. The dead-saved are visible for them.
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ (CCC 847) refer to implicit for us cases. For the bishops they are explicit for us cases. For me being saved in invincible ignorance, seeds of the Word, good and holy things in other religions, imperfect communion with the Church are hypothetical.It is not so for millions of Catholics.For me these cases refer to the deceased, now saved in Heaven, who are not visible to us.So they cannot be relevant to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus which says all need to convert into the Church for salvation.
This is not the interpretation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, according to the University of St.Thomas Aqunas in Rome. This is not the interpretation of Sr.Mary Sarah Galbraith O.P, the President of Aquinas College.It is not the interpretation at the University of Dallas and nor of the catechetics and theology departments of the Ave Maria University , Florida.For all of them the dead-saved are visible in the flesh!
TheLetter of the Holy Office 1949 to the Archbishop of Boston relative to Fr.Leonard Feeney which says we must interpret the dogma on salvation as the Church does. We know how the popes and saints interpreted extra ecclesiam nulla salus - St.Anthony Marie Claret, St.Maximillian Kolbe, St.Francis of Assisi, St.Francis Xavier, St.Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila...If the cardinal who issued the Letter had assumed that being saved in implicit desire or in invincible ignorance was an exception to the literal interpretation of Fr.Leonard Feeney, then he made an objective mistake and a great wrong was done to the ex-Jesuit priest from Boston.
VATICAN COUNCIL II CONFUSION
Similarly the American bishops have approved Catholic educational instituions teaching that in Vatican Council II Ad Gentes 7 contradicts Lumen Gentium 16.
For them AG 7 says 'all' need to enter the Church with 'faith and baptism', while LG 16, it is implied, says all do not need to enter the Church. Those saved in invincible ignorance are 'known exceptions'.They would have to be visible for us for them to be known exceptions to the traditional concept of salvation.
"Outside the Church there is no salvation"
846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335Re-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