[quote=thistle]CCC 1260 "Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery."63 Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity.
According to this explanation, how does this apply to an atheist? Doesn’t an atheist make a decision to choose not to believe in God, which would mean that they are not ignorant " of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church". True ignorance would be difficult in the present day and would seem to make this unlikely. I am not trying to be argumentative. I think that present day atheists are making as much of a political statement as much as a theological one.