The Chancellor of the University of Bristol is the Baroness Hale of Richmond Lady Hale .She became one of the UK's 12 Law Lords in January 2004 - the only woman ever to hold such a position.In 1984, Brenda Hale became the youngest person and the first woman ever to be appointed to the Law Commission.She was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1989, a High Court judge in 1994 (the first to be appointed from academia) and a Lady Justice of Appeal in 1999 - only the second woman to reach that position.She has worked closely with University of Bristol academics on family law, child protection and other socio-legal matters. The University made her an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2002.She also does not answer mail.Neither does her office have the courtesy of acknowlging having received mail.
There are no acknowldlgements of an error on the promotional video of the University of Bristol. Even after being informed there are no corrections or apologies.
Prof.Gavin D'Costa is providing false information on what is the teaching of the Catholic Church, even after being informed.The University of Bristol is suppressing information about the Catholic Church.It is also providing incorrect information. No one at the university is commenting on this issue. Even the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor are not correcting the lie on the university video.
The issue is not whether Prof.Gavin D'Costa can have an opinion or profess a personal religious belief. The issue is (1) how can the professor of theology infer that the dead (now saved in Heaven) are visible to us on earth and so are an exception to the traditional Catholic teaching which says all need to enter the Church for salvation and (2) how can he suggest that there is text in Vatican Council II which states or indicates that the deceased-saved are visible to us or are exceptions to extra ecclesiam nulla salus. In both cases he is asserting a falsehood. Firstly he cannot name any one saved without 'faith and baptism'(AG 7) in 2014.Secondly he cannot cite any text in Vatican Council II which states there are explicit exceptions to extra ecclesiam nulla salus or the traditional Catholic teaching on other religions and salvation. So what he has said is ridiculous!
It is not a question of one theology or another .The issue is : can a Catholic professor of theology at the University of Bristol teach something which is contrary to common sense and then cite text in Vatican Council II which does not support his irrationality ?
On the university video on the university website the Catholic theology professor Gaven D'Costa states, states like the bishops of England and Wales on their website, that every one does not need to enter the Catholic Church for salvation since there could be exceptions saved with 'seeds of the Word', or 'a ray of that Truth', implying that these cases are visible to him in the U.K, so they are exceptions.This is a basic philosophical issue. How can someone be an exception to all needing to enter the Church for salvation, when that person does not exist in our reality ? For someone or something to be an exception it must not only be different but it must exist. When there are no cases of someone saved with 'a ray of that Truth'(NA 2) or 'seeds of the Word'(AG 11) or 'elements of sanctification and truth'(LG 8) then how can Gavin D'Costa consider them exceptions to the traditional interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. How can he imply that Vatican Council II contradicts extra ecclesiam nulla salus ? He cannot personally name any exception in 2014.
This is stupidity on the university video and Baroness Hale is not acknowledging it.
Students studying theology at the university have to accept this irrational premise of there being explicit exceptions and then build a new theology on salvation and other religions and claim it is the teaching of the Catholic Church. When students accept this irrationality of being able to see the dead on which is built a fantasy theology they are eligible to get a B.A degree.
No one from the university has responded to queries to explain their educational policy on this subject. This is not an issue of different opinions or theologies but of an irrational premise be accepted intellectually as being rational. Then the university claims that this is the teaching of the Catholic Church after Vatican Council II. There is no response from the Chancellor's office or that of the Vice Chancellor. Neither are any of the professors who teach theology responding. Even Lady Hale does not want to admit a mistake has been made and this is an injustice against Catholics.
The university is promoting a falsehood and no one can deny it. Since no where in Vatican Council II is it stated that there are known exceptions to the traditional teaching on other religions and salvation as D'Costa alleges.Nostra Aetate 2 does not mention any defacto, known cases saved with a 'ray of that Truth'.