I don’t know why but I’m having trouble understanding this…
From the Council of Trent:
18. If anyone says that the commandments of God are, even for one that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to observe, let him be anathema.
Imagine this scenario: John (lol, maybe a bad name choice for this scenario :p) was born in a community that has never encountered Christianity. He is subjectively not at all culpable for being a non-Catholic; he always does what he discerns is right (i.e follows his conscience) and is in a state of grace. Andrew is in a similar situation; he was born a Baptist and that is all he knows; all he is told about Catholicism is that it is a false version of Christianity, and so he doesn’t become Catholic. But he is truly sincere in his search for God and is in a state of grace.
God commands all people to become Catholic. How is it possible for John or Andrew to observe this command? How does this not contradict the canon from Trent?
Let me give another example: Susan, who is also subjectively innocent for her errors and is in a state of grace, erroneously believes that one may do evil that good may result. She is in the classic ticking time bomb scenario, and erroneously believes she is morally obligated to torture a suspect to learn where the bomb is. How is it possible for her to observe what God commands, barring a miracle?
(Please note that I accept there is no contradiction, I just can’t understand.)