I did not see the program and cannot comment on it. Certainly, the Church does not teach relativism or new age theology. In acknowledging the possibility of non-Christians attaining salvation, the Church is not in any way denying the truth of the Gospel. Maybe this can help.
There were two workmen who attempted to dig a separate ditch to a distant point. They expected to be paid but didnít know much more than that. The first man took a pick and a shovel and began. The second man, a half mile away began to prepare to dig, but happened to meet the owner who gave him instructions, including the purpose for the ditch and several power tools to enable him to do a good job. In two weeks he was finished. A month an a half later he met the first man who had just finished his ditch. The first man asked where he could fine the owner in order to be paid. But the second man said, ďYou didnít use the proper tools, you donít know the purpose of the ditch and you donít even know the owner. You didnít follow the proper instructions and you expect to be paid?Ē The first man objected, ďBut I dug the ditch!Ē
I realize that all analogies limp. But I think you get the idea. The first man represents those people who donít have the benefit of Revelation and the grace of the sacraments, but lived a virtuous life, even though it was much more difficult for them. The second man represents those who have the benefit of the faith and the graces bestowed through the Church.
Virtue is not easy for anybody. We canítí assume that because some people donít have the faith that therefore virtue is easier for them. It is actually more difficult. The Church is not saying that ALL Hindus and ALL Buddhists, etc. are going to march right into heaven. They too must dig the ditch! But if they do, even without the considerable helps that we have, God will not turn them away. This is not new age relativism. It is the Savior paying those who started work at the end of the day the same wage as those who worked all day. His love is like that! All real love is expansive. It doesnít measure. Itís not tit for tat. Who paid Him for his passion? Certainly not us!
Please read this on the early Church Fathers and this subject:
Also write again if you have further questions. You are in our prayers.
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.