When one believes in the total Depravity of men because of original sin like the Calvinists do then yes one would logicialy conclude that we are Bound.
If one believes the Catholic view that original sin is only a lack of sanctifying grace and that it inclines us to sin one does not have to believe that we are bound.
I’m inclined to eat food–that doesn’t mean that I will therefore be fat.
Similiarily if one is inclined towards sin by original sin that does not therefore mean that one will necessarily sin.
Predestination is in the bible and Catholics do believe in it.
Catholics do not believe that God predestines anyone to Hell like the Calvinists do.
God predestines the Elect to Heaven but not everyone else toHell–all who go there go not by God’s choice but only by their own.
Catholics believe in the Elect but that only God knows who they are. In other words all the OSAS and Blessed Assurance Lies are completely false!
That’s why Catholics do as Paul commands–“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling”.
The difference between the Molinists and the Thomists is He creates the universe in such a fashion to where people will be put into situations where He knows that the Elect that He has chosen will use their free will and respond to His grace.
The Thomists think that gives man’s freedom of will or choice more power than God’s sovereignty–in other words if God chooses the Elect then He does so and doesn’t have to consult foreknowledge.
Father Most took a position in between and said that man doesn’t have a choice to choose God or choose against God but only to either be neutral and do nothing and then God would completely work grace in the individual or choose against God–in other words man only has a Negative choice that will damn him or a cooperating neutral choice where he does nothing so in that way not only does he cooperate but God does all the saving!
That is closest to my view but the real truth is probably closer to the Thomists than the Molinists.
Catholics are free to believe either way or elements of both ways.
I believe the Church is following God in allowing both because there are elements of truth in both and maybe it is not God’s will for us to know all that is involved in how He judges and how He Predestines without also not violating our free will.
The problem with Calvinism is that it violates the scripture that says that it is God’s will that all might be saved–even though all don’t accept God’s grace.
If God really wills that all be saved then He can’t as the Calvinsits say Predestine anyone to Hell!
But the Thomists are certainly right when they remind us that Jesus said “Without me you can do nothing”.
So Catholics believe in predestination, the Elect, and that man’s free will never violates God’s sovereignty.
I would guess that most Protestants and most Calvinists do not know that about Catholics–they’ve probably been taught that they only believe that man can save himself by the works that he does.
Catholics never have and never will believe that!
As for the question of Foreknowledge it is my view that since God is pure act then he could Simultaneously Foreknow and Predestine at the same time!
Just remember folks–most times when you think the answer is either/or–the answer is probably both.
That’s what the Catholic Church believes concerning Predestination and freedom of the will.
Will we of limited intellect ever be able to reconcile the Apparent contradcition between the two–No–but that doesn’t mean that God’s sovereignty in Predestining men and their freedom of will are not both true.
The Catholic faith realizes that and doesn’t abandon admonishing us to “Work out our salvation with fear and trembling”.
That’s the Bible–why do Calvinists disregard it?!