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The Degenerate Result of Heresy against this Dogma
The heresy that “invincible ignorance” saves those who die as non-Catholics and that non-Catholics can be saved by “baptism of desire” often quickly results in an apostasy from Christ Himself. The famous Irish priest, Fr. Denis Fahey, is a case in point.
Here we see the famous Irish priest Fr. Denis Fahey, whose writings are praised by many who call themselves “traditional Catholics,” teaching that Jews who reject Our Lord Jesus Christ may “have the supernatural life which God wants to see in every soul” (i.e., the state of grace) and therefore can be saved. This is truly an abomination. Notice how Fr. Fahey’s statement directly contradicts the word of God.
The word of God tells us that he that hath not the Son hath not life. Fr. Denis Fahey tells us that a Jew who rejects the Son hath life: “a member of the Jewish Nation, who rejects Our Lord, may have the supernatural life…” By making such a statement, Fr. Fahey reveals (unfortunately) that he wasn’t a Catholic, but a blatant heretic. Perhaps if Fr. Fahey had spent more time getting to know the truth of Jesus Christ, His Gospel and His dogmas, rather than writing large volumes on “the forces of organized naturalism,” he would have discovered that the core focus of the entire Gospel – and the very central truth of the universe along with the dogma of the Trinity – is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that you must believe in Him to have eternal life.
To assert that one can attain salvation while rejecting Jesus Christ is to say that one can attain salvation while rejecting salvation itself. It is one of the worst heresies that one could utter.
But Fr. Fahey had imbibed the heresy that those who die as non-Catholics can be saved, which was rampant at the turn of the century, as I have shown. He had already imbibed the heresy that Outside the Church There is No Salvation doesn’t actually mean outside the Church there is no salvation. By rejecting the true meaning of the dogma, and by holding that non-Catholics can be saved, it was only a short time before Fr. Fahey concluded (as he did above) that persons can be saved in any religion whatsoever – including Jews who reject the Savior Himself. This demonstrates that those who see this dogma and believe that even one pagan, Buddhist, Muslim, Jew, etc. can be saved without conversion to Christ actually hold that a non-Catholic can possibly be saved in any religion whatsoever, as the following statement of Archbishop Lefebvre confirms.
Notice the “etc.” The word “etc.” means “and the rest, and so on”! Bishop Lefebvre is saying that there are many other religions in which people can be saved. This is complete and utter heresy. Bishop Lefebvre believed that men can be saved while worshipping false gods and many gods (Buddhism, Hinduism). But this simply illustrates that all those who believe that salvation is possible for members of non-Christian religions without the principal mysteries of the Catholic Faith (the Trinity and Incarnation) are admitting that a soul can be saved in any religion whatsoever: Islam, Buddhism, etc. It shows how those who reject the true meaning of Outside the Church There is No Salvation and the necessity of faith in Christ and the Trinity reject all faith and actually have no faith.
Fr. Fahey and Bishop Lefebvre couldn’t tell you that one who dies a Satanist is definitely lost. They clearly held that it is possible for anyone else (including Jews who reject the Savior Himself) to be saved without the Catholic Faith and in false religions. If Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims can be saved in their false religions and without the Catholic Faith – as they say – then, according to them, a Satanist could also be saved without the Catholic Faith and in his false religion; they would have to admit that we just don’t know since he could be in good faith also.
Thus, by holding that salvation is possible for those who die as members of non-Catholic religions, Fr. Fahey, Bishop Lefebvre and every other person who clings to this heresy believes that salvation is possible in any and every religion.
This should give a message to those who call this issue merely “academic.” This issue is not merely “academic”; it influences a person’s spiritual life in countless ways. The denial of this dogma corrupts one’s faith to the core, and totally perverts a person’s belief in Jesus Christ Himself as the savior of the world. It corrupts the entire way one views the supernatural world.
BY THEIR FRUITS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM – THE FRUITS OF BAPTISM OF DESIRE
At Most Holy Family Monastery, we have personally conversed with hundreds of people on the issue of baptism of desire and Outside the Church There is No Salvation and we’ve been contacted by thousands. Out of the many hundreds of people with whom we’ve spoken on the issue of baptism of desire, I can honestly say that approximately 5 to 10 actually affirmed that it only applies to those who desire water baptism (catechumens). The rest (almost 100%) believed that “baptism of desire” saves Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, pagans and even non-Catholics who reject Christ. Why is it that basically every person who believes in baptism of desire rejects the Catholic Church’s teaching (Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, de fide) that all who die as non-Catholics are not saved?
And out of the approximately 5 to 10 people that I can recall believing in baptism of desire only for catechumens, basically all of those people were forced to admit that unbaptized catechumens are “outside the Church.” So, even those 5 to 10 persons were embracing a position that there is salvation “outside” the Church or salvation for persons who are not in the Church’s “bosom and unity,” which is heretical. This shows that any good-willed person, who is faithful to Catholic dogmatic teaching, will see that the Catholic Church does not teach baptism of desire at all when all the facts are presented to him.
In fact, a person who attends the Society of St. Pius X recently called us and told me that his Methodist Grandmother was saved by “baptism of desire.” I told the man that even if baptism of desire were true (which it isn’t), it wouldn’t save Methodists (heretics) who are already baptized. But he did not agree, and he fought even more vigorously for his heresy. He then proceeded to tell me that I was in heresy for asserting that there is no salvation outside the Church! And the heretical position of this man only reflects the common position of many heretical “traditionalists” who frequent the Latin Masses around the world, as well as basically every member of the Novus Ordo.
 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Against the Heresies, Angelus Press, 1997, p. 216.
 The Papal Encyclicals, Vol. 2 (1878-1903), p. 394.
 The Papal Encyclicals, Vol. 1 (1740-1878), p. 280.
 Denzinger 1716.
 Quoted in Bro. Robert Mary, Fr. Feeney and the Truth About Salvation, p. 213.
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