How does the Catholic church view other religions and people with no religion?

Im trying to work on an apologetics report and i cant find any good information on the internet.

You want to consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (That’s online lots of places.)

You can also look into many reports which are available on If it talks about “ecumenicalism”, “interfaith” relations, evangelism, or the like, it’s probably something you want to read. If you had specific religions in mind, I could help you find more specific material.

Basically, the Catholic belief is that the Church alone possesses the fullness of God’s revelation and the full deposit of faith. Other Christian groups have rejected some bits or never learned them, but are still closer than non-Christians.

Judaism doesn’t believe that Jesus rose again and is God, but otherwise possesses all of divine revelation that came before Jesus and continues to be part of the divine covenant family.

All other religions possess much less divine revelation and grace. But the Holy Spirit does speak to all men and women, and thus all religions have some greater or lesser amount of God’s truth and grace in them.

Dear emma80994,

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Just click on Portrait, then Public Profile, then Statistics. then All Posts and pick up our thread Does Baptism of Desire have Limits?, you and Mintaka will be very welcome,

Warmest good wishes,


Welcome to the club, cool avatar and how did you find us??

Another good place to look would be Nostra Aetate.


From the CCC

818 “However, one cannot charge with the sin of the separation those who at present are born into these communities [that resulted from such separation] and in them are brought up in the faith of Christ, and the Catholic Church accepts them with respect and affection as brothers . . . . All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church.”

819 “Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth” are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: "the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements."Christ’s Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to “Catholic unity.”

You may need to look at Natural [Moral] Law which is infused in the hearts of all men. When men answer god’s call they find salvation. The Church is the primary interpreter of Natural [Moral] Law however those who do not know that are not bound to Church interpretations

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