Well, not really (sorry guys). There is one thing, though, that I believe Protestants are right about. That thing is the widely held belief amongst Catholics that to get to Heaven, you merely have to “be good.” If you live a good life, so they say, you will go to Heaven. So, religion and faith is really irrelevant. Many Catholics lack the pre-Vat 2 zeal for their faith that Catholics used to have and now actually view the Church indifferently in comparison to the religions of heretics, infidels, and pagans. So, many modern Catholics are basically the Pelagians that St. Augustine fought so hard against. This belief in “working your way to Heaven” is largely why CINOs are so surprised to hear that the Church has ALWAYS taught that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. Now, I know the Church does not interpret this dogma so literally as Fr. Feeney did, but I think that the ignorance or avoidance of this ‘intolerant’ and ‘judgmental’ dogma has lead to a decrease in evangelization. It truly is, IMHO, the most neglected teaching of the Church. We NEED to evangelize. We shouldn’t be telling Muslims to be good Muslims and Hindus to be good Hindus (like Mother Teresa did) or Jews to be good Jews (like the USCCB tried to do). So, I have 3 different questions:
- How can we combat this indifferent attitude?
- Exactly how does the Church interpret this dogma?
- This isn’t really as important, but I just got done reading Peter Kreeft’s A Refutation of Moral Relativism (which is a *great * book!) and I was disturbed at the very end by something that was said. The book is set up like an interview. This is what was said:
Interviewer - “You mean if we’re good, we’ll go to heaven and have mystical experiences.”
Interviewee - “Yes. Now you’re speaking simply and clearly. Like my namesake (blessed be his name): ‘Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.’”
So, isn’t that statement considered Pelagianism? Also, could you guys try to use as many pre-Vat 2 & non-CCC sources as possible please (simply to show continuity of belief, and yes, I know about that one by Justin Martyr, but I need more than that)?
Thanks for your help!