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James wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was told, as a Roman Catholic, that non-Catholics are unable to enter Heaven and that groups like:

  • Baptists
  • Lutherans
  • other Protestants, and
  • the like

can only enter, if they become Catholics.

Thanks,

James

  { Can non-Catholics enter Heaven, or does one have to join the Church? }

Mary Ann replied:

James —

Somebody told you wrong. The Church has never taught that. The Church has taught that outside the Church there is no salvation, which means that those who willfully leave what they know to be the true Church cannot be saved, and that the Church is necessary for the salvation of all, because She is the presence of Christ in the world.

Through His presence and action in Her, He saves whoever is going to be saved, including all men who follow the Light God gives them, and the Light is Christ, whether they know it or not.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, James —

Thanks for the comment.

I didn't see a question in your e-mail so I assume you wanted confirmation on what you said.

My colleague Mary Ann is correct; we have wrote extensively on this topic.

You can:

Reading some of these postings should give you a good understanding of what the Catholic Church
teaches and why.

Mike

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