In many discussion between Catholic apologists and Protestant apologists, we seem to notice Protestants accused Catholics that we are saved by works, or by our merits by works.
Nothing is further than the truth. There is an ancient heresy called Pelagian Heresy condemned by the Council of Carthage in 416 and 418.
Pelagians states, that the human will, tempered in good deeds and rigorous asceticism, was sufficient to live a sinless life. He told his followers that right action on the part of human beings was all that was necessary for salvation. To him, the grace of God was only an added advantage; helpful, but in no way essential. Pelagius disbelieved in original sin, but said that Adam had condemned humankind through bad example, and that Christ’s good example offered humanity a path to salvation, not through sacrifice, but through instruction of the will.
Jerome emerged as one of the chief critics of Pelagianism, because, according to Jerome, Pelagius’ view essentially denied the work of the Messiah; he personally preferring ‘teacher’ or ‘master’ to any epithet implying divine power.
The Catholic Church does not practice nor condone this heresy and professes that is the God’s grace that we are saved. If any Protestants says that the Catholic Church teaches we are saved by works, take a look at the ancient heresy. The Catholic Church in 416 and 418 condemned it, and if it ever supported, the Church would err.