I have been challenged recently by the way the Pope’s recent clarifications on the Doctrine of the Church has been reported by the press, and how some friends, both Protestants and liberal Catholics, have reacted to it.
One thing that occurs to me is that my understanding of the exclusive Truth of the Catholic faith is like the exclusivity I have with my fiancee. I know that she is the only right one for me, and I won’t waste my time entertaining thoughts of whether or not I might be equally happy and equally in love had I found somebody else. Maybe I could have been, and maybe not. Knowing that the woman I love is the only one I’ll ever love isn’t predicated on all other women being unlovable, even if I could have been happy with someone else, deviating from faithfulness to my fiancee now would be damaging to both of us.
Likewise knowing that the Catholic Church is a lifelong and true path to salvation for me, and that deviating from that path would damage my spirituality, doesn’t preclude others finding their way to Christ and to God through some other path. Maybe they can, and maybe not. That won’t stop me trying to share what I know about how great Catholicism is with others.
Does anyone else see it in this way?