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deletedJun 6, 2022Liked by Phillip Hadden
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Thanks Melissa, Pope John Paul II specifically addresses the other religious groups.

Here is the entire quote:

""I recently wrote to the bishops of Asia: "Although the Church gladly acknowledges whatever is true and holy in the religious traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam as a reflection of that truth which enlightens all people, this does not lessen her duty and resolve to proclaim without fail Jesus Christ who is 'the way, and the truth and the life.'...The fact that the followers of other religions can receive God's grace and be saved by Christ apart from the ordinary means which he has established does not thereby cancel the call to faith and baptism which God wills for all people." Indeed Christ himself "while expressly insisting on the need for faith and baptism, at the same time confirmed the need for the Church, into which people enter through Baptism as through a door." Dialogue should be conducted and implemented with the conviction that the Church is the ordinary means of salvation and that she alone possesses the fullness of the means of salvation."

There is debate among theologians on the topic especially due to The Vatican II Council's document on the subject Nostra Aetate. In fact, in large part, this is the document that splintered traditional sects away from the Catholic Church like the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX).

Some theologians have attempted to argue that these other religions possess lesser lights or "grace" in which those who piously practice these other religions may be saved from them. Of course, others have suggested that there are truths in these other religions simply because of common human experience, but there is no grace to be found in these religions. So, anyone is saved outside of the Church, which is possible, but again, I would argue not probable, are saved in spite of the religions in which they practice not because of them.

I think this echoes Lumen Gentium 14 which says that Jesus Christ is the unique way to salvation.

But for anyone reading feel free to disagree, let's open up the discussion!

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