Hi, Quo Vadis. So do you disagree with the Catholic Encyclopedia then?
I hold that validly baptized Christians, who believe explicitly in the Trinity and Incarnation, confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and err in good faith, are real Christians. Msgr. Fenton says such can be saved if they are in good faith.
CE: "The Catholic Church
of the twentieth century is vastly in advance of that of the sixteenth. She has made up her loss in political power and worldly wealth
by increased spiritual influences and efficiency; her adherents are more widespread, more numerous, more fervent
than at any time in her history
, and they are bound to the central Government at Rome
by a more filial affection and a clearer sense of duty
. Religious education
is abundantly provided for clergy
; religious practice, morality
, and works of charity
are flourishing; the Catholic
mission-field is world-wide and rich in harvest. The hierarchy
was never so united, never so devoted to the pope
. The Roman
unity is successfully resisting the inroads of sects
, of philosophies
, of politics.
Can our separated brethren tell a similar tale of their many Churches, even in lands where they are ruled and backed by the secular power
? We do not rejoice at their disintegration, at their falling into religious indifference
, or returning into political parties. No, for any shred of Christianity
is better than blank worldliness. But we do draw this conclusion: that after four centuries the Catholic
principle of authority is still working out the salvation
of the Church
, whereas among Protestants the principle of Subjectivism is destroying what remains of their former faith
and driving multitudes into religious indifference
and estrangement from the supernatural
"Any shred of Christianity is better than blank worldliness". They have a partial Christianity that will always be incomplete in itself.
Catholic Christianity is Complete Christianity, the full 100% Catholic and Apostolic Faith. But other Christians have valid Baptism etc.
Every effort should be made to bring separated Christians back to the Catholic and Apostolic Church. They remain deprived of many gifts.