People of Other Religions

What does the Catholic church say about the afterlife of a person of another religion, even one contradictory with the church.

People who are born and raised in a particular religion (Islam, Judaism, etc) no nothing else and their perception of God and the universe is much different than ours (Christians), so why would they be punished for something they didn’t know was wrong?

Also, what about perspective and ideals? What if someone believes something is right, contrary to Catholic beliefs, because the person wants to trust God before a mortal appointed Pope. No Blasphemy intended, just trying to figure this out.

I have no idea what the Catholic Church would have to say about this but personally I feel that it’s something that should be between God and the person involved.

If you want to trust God, you need to trust the person He has appointed to lead His Church. God has always used mere mortals to run his Church… of course He guides them by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Is there something specific you personally believe the Pope has gotten wrong?

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“Catechism of the Catholic Church” Imprimi Potest. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict)

"Those who through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience–those too may achieve eternal salvation.

Matthew 25 verses 31-46…Jesus’ words on who will be saved:
“The Last Judgement”

"When the Son of Man comes in all His glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men from one another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats.

He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. then the King shall say to those on his right hand," Come you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was a stranger and you made me welcome. I was thristy and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.

Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?

And the King will answer, " I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me."

Next he will say to those on his left "Go away from me with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels, for when I was hungry you never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in proson and you never visited me."
Then it will be their turn to ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty; a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and not come to your help?”

Then he will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.” And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.

And since Jesus is the very Person who will judge all of us, I think we have to accept His criterion for who may be saved!

It’s not the fact mortals are leading the church, it’s that other mortals pick him, and even though we as humans are equal his interpretationsof the bible overpower ours and he decide the morality on certain issues.

And thanks!

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