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William H. Sanford wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why is it written on Page 346 in the Vatican II Council document:
    Unitatis Redintegratio — Decree on Ecumenism that:
    "It's Christ's Catholic Church alone which is the all embracing means of salvation."

By the way ... this book can be found in your local library!

William

  { Why is the Catholic Church alone the all embracing means of salvation? }

Mike replied:

Hi William,

Thanks for the question.

To be exact, in context, it states:

Nevertheless, our separated brethren, whether considered as individuals or as Communities and Churches, are not blessed with that unity which Jesus Christ wished to bestow on all those who through Him were born again into one body, and with Him quickened to newness of life-that unity which the Holy Scriptures and the ancient Tradition of the Church proclaim. For it is only through Christ's Catholic Church, which is "the all-embracing means of salvation," that they can benefit fully from the means of salvation.

This is TRUE! Other churches have some truth in them. In that, we can rejoice, but only partly, because God wants all mankind to have all of the Truth. Despite the bad behavior in our Church by Church leaders, the Catholic Church is the only Church with all of the Truth, and is the sole means of salvation for all mankind.

There is not one teaching you can show me that Christ taught when on earth as a man that the Catholic Church still doesn't teach to this day.

Those who know the Catholic Church to be the True Church of Christ, yet refuse to enter the Church, cannot be saved!

Those who do not know this are still obligated to seek the fullness of truth which can only be found in Our Lord's one Church. They fulfill this obligation through:

  • prayer
  • reading
  • studying
  • research, and
  • faith-sharing conversations.

If they, through no fault of their own, are unaware of this fact, then they are held accountable by God for what they do know and understand.

There is one Church, because there is one Jesus!

Those, who through no fault of their own, have not heard of the full, historical Gospel Message can achieve salvation, but it is only possible through the means of the Catholic Church and the many graces She, through Christ, has.

I hope this answers your question.

Mike Humphrey

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