I am wondering your opinion on the following. Regarding the dogma: "Outside the Church there is no salvation..."
I believe that the Church proclaims such a Dogma accurately and absolutely in regards to the ordinary means of salvation. I do not believe that the Church is hereby denying God the use of extraordinary means to save any soul He so desires. Now, that being said - I believe we must work under the assumption that all who die appearently outside the church will be damned - and thereby we must work very hard to convert all men.
God uses extraordinary means in nature at times (miracles), what would exclude God from using an extraordinary means of grace to save any soul He so desires? The reason that i believe this is because the Church has never officially declared anyone to be in helln (at least that i know of). If there was no possiblity for certain individuals to have been saved - why not declare them to be in hell? Is this way off base from your understanding of Catholic teaching? Thank you for your time
Yes, it is way off base. The Church declares that all who die as non-Catholics go to Hell. You have a problem at this time believing that dogmas are truths accepted on the authority of God the revealer, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. If God saved people outside the Church sometimes, He never would have allowed His Church to repeatedly define as an infallible dogma that NO ONE AT ALL is saved without the Catholic Faith. He cannot lie or deceive. Please focus on the bolded portion below:
Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum (# 9), June 29, 1896: “… can it be lawful for anyone to reject any one of those truths without by that very fact falling into heresy? – without separating himself from the Church? – without repudiating in one sweeping act the whole of Christian teaching? For such is the nature of faith that nothing can be more absurd than to accept some things and reject others. Faith, as the Church teaches, is that supernatural virtue by which… we believe what He has revealed to be true, not on account of the intrinsic truth perceived by the natural light of human reason [author: that is, not because it seems correct to us], but because of the authority of God Himself, the Revealer, who can neither deceive nor be deceived… But he who dissents even in one point from divinely revealed truth absolutely rejects all faith, since he thereby refuses to honor God as the supreme truth and the formal motive of faith.”
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