I just had a long, exhausting conversation with one of my Baptist friends about Christianity. Exhausting because nobody has ever asked me so many questions (subtle attacks, if you want to read it that way) about Catholicism in one sitting before. Usually they just give up after a while. http://www.holyjoe.net/phpBB2/images/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif
One of the big questions was about salvation. He asked me what Catholics believe about salvation by faith alone. I told him that yes, we do believe that there is nothing men can do to “earn” salvation, and that is not what is meant by good works, but I’m not sure how much of that he believed.
He mentioned having read something in a Vatican II document explicitly stating that men are saved by faith *and *works. I’m sorry I don’t have any more details, but that was all he could give me, and I’ve never read any of the Vatican II documents, so I have no idea where I could start looking. It bothered him that one of our authoritative documents would teach something so clearly heretical (why that bothers him, when he believes that the Bible is the ONLY authority, is beyond me, but that’s another story).
I told him that what he had read was most likely a misunderstanding, a misquote, or a truncated quote, and I said I’d do some research and get back to him.
Only trouble is, I don’t know where to start looking. Typing in “Vatican II faith and works” into a search engine just gets me nowhere, as the only links that pop up are Protestant websites bashing Catholicism for decreeing that salvation is earned by works… http://www.holyjoe.net/phpBB2/images/smiles/icon_sad.gif
Can anyone help me, or recommend a good place to start looking?