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Daily Catholic Question

Who can be saved?

According to news reports, a cardinal recently said that only Catholics can get to heaven.

You are probably referring to the document Dominus Iesus [The Lord Jesus]: On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church. Many news stories erroneously reported that, according to this document, only Catholics can go to heaven.

This instruction is directed primarily to those involved in interreligious dialogues (that is, with non-Christians). It denounces any downplaying of the unique and saving role of Jesus, any seeing him as one savior among many possibilities.

The document also addresses how Jesus’ Church is related to other Churches or faith communities. As Vatican II taught, the Church which Jesus founded “subsists” in the Catholic Church (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, #8).  “Subsists” is not the same as “is.” The bishops at Vatican II chose this word very carefully.

Nothing in this instruction contradicts the Church’s faith as expressed in one of its eucharistic prayers, “...and all the dead whose faith is known to you [God] alone.”

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Saturday, February 8, 2014
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Augustine of Hippo: A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience. 
<p>There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother (August 27), the instructions of Ambrose (December 7) and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love. </p><p>Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically, socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism. </p><p>In his day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet. “I say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).</p> American Catholic Blog Silence is the ability to trust that God is acting, teaching, and using me—even before I perform or after my seeming failures. Silence is the necessary space around things that allows them to develop and flourish without my pushing. God takes it from there.

 
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