Greetings (sorry if this is printed twice, but I’m having trouble getting it on here once),
I stumbled apon this “Christian” apologetics site that attacks the Catholic Church: carm.org/catholic.htm and I wanted some help with some of the charges the owner levels against the Catholic Church.
One of those charges is the owner quoting 2027 in the Cathecism of the Catholic Church. This section of the Cathecism reads:
No one can merit the initial grace which is at the origin of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods.
The owner/author cites in bold the “we can merit for ourselves…” in attempt to show that the Catholic Church teachings one can earn his/her way into Heaven. I know that the Catholic Church doesn’t actually teach that, but what is the proper response to this charge based on this quote from the Cathecism that “we can merit for ourselves…”?