Monday, November 3, 2014
Is Unitatis Redintigratio(UR) 3 an exception to the traditional teaching on extra ecclesiam nulla salus?. No it is not, unless you use a false premise in the interpretation of UR 3.If it is assumed that the references to salvation in UR 3, are known and visible to us in 2014, then UR 3 contradicts the dogma on salvation as it was known through the centuries.
There are parts of UR 3 which are in accord with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus ( emphasised in purple) while the passages in bold type (black) can be interpreted with or without the premise.-L.A
3. ...For men who believe in Christ and have been truly baptized are in communion with the Catholic Church even though this communion is imperfect. The differences that exist in varying degrees between them and the Catholic Church - whether in doctrine and sometimes in discipline, or concerning the structure of the Church - do indeed create many obstacles, sometimes serious ones, to full ecclesiastical communion. The ecumenical movement is striving to overcome these obstacles. But even in spite of them it remains true that all who have been justified by faith in Baptism are members of Christ's body, and have a right to be called Christian, and so are correctly accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church.
Moreover, some and even very many of the significant elements and endowments which together go to build up and give life to the Church itself, can exist outside the visible boundaries of the Catholic Church: the written word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, and visible elements too. All of these, which come from Christ and lead back to Christ, belong by right to the one Church of Christ.
The brethren divided from us also use many liturgical actions of the Christian religion. These most certainly can truly engender a life of grace in ways that vary according to the condition of each Church or Community. These liturgical actions must be regarded as capable of giving access to the community of salvation.
It follows that the separated Churches and Communities as such, though we believe them to be deficient in some respects, have been by no means deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Church.
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. We believe that Our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, in order to establish the one Body of Christ on earth to which all should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the people of God. This people of God, though still in its members liable to sin, is ever growing in Christ during its pilgrimage on earth, and is guided by God's gentle wisdom, according to His hidden designs, until it shall happily arrive at the fullness of eternal glory in the heavenly Jerusalem.-Unitatis redintigratio 3, Vatican Council II
Vatican II and the Levels of Magisterial Teaching
Vatican Council II is in 'perfect conformity' with 'the authentic doctrine' when an irrational premise is not used in the interpretation. It should not be supposed that we can see on earth people who are now in Heaven and then conclude that these people in Heaven, are explicit exceptions on earth to all needing Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water in 2014 for salvation.This is the false premise. It is fantasy theology.This is the major false premise used in the interpretation of Vatican Council II including UR 3.
Lionel: If the False Premise, mentioned above ( the visible- dead theory) is used, then a pastoral document will contradict dogmatic teaching especially the dogma on exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church. Vatican Council II becomes dogmatic.
Lionel:They interpret it with the premise. This is the approach of the secular media and Catholics in general.
Lionel:They use the premise.This was never identified by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.The premise is used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1257-1260.
Lionel: Do we assent to a Vatican Council II with or without the premise? Can the Holy Spirit teach error, irrationality and heresy? No!