Religion and Death


#1

Since we are baptized, confirmed, and receive Holy Communion in the Church, and since we are the Body of Christ, and since Jesus Christ established the church upon Peter, will we still be Roman Catholics in heaven?

God Bless,
BVMFatima


#2

scripture is silent on this

my guess is good as yours.


#3

We will still be Catholics in Heaven.


#4

[quote="BVMFatima, post:1, topic:330656"]
Since we are baptized, confirmed, and receive Holy Communion in the Church, and since we are the Body of Christ, and since Jesus Christ established the church upon Peter, will we still be Roman Catholics in heaven?

God Bless,
BVMFatima

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As opposed to what?

I don't mean that to sound bad if it does. I really am curious. As opposed to non-Catholics? As opposed to Maronite Catholics? As opposed to something else?

As has been mentioned before, scripture is silent on this.


#5

[quote="BVMFatima, post:1, topic:330656"]
Since we are baptized, confirmed, and receive Holy Communion in the Church, and since we are the Body of Christ, and since Jesus Christ established the church upon Peter, will we still be Roman Catholics in heaven?

God Bless,
BVMFatima

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The Catholic Church is composed of...
the Church Militant (those living this earthly life)
the Church Suffering (those in purgatory)
the Church Triumphant (those in heaven)

Those in heaven are and will forever be members of the Catholic Church. :)


#6

[quote="BVMFatima, post:1, topic:330656"]
Since we are baptized, confirmed, and receive Holy Communion in the Church, and since we are the Body of Christ, and since Jesus Christ established the church upon Peter, will we still be Roman Catholics in heaven?

God Bless,
BVMFatima

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Of course. It is written that we are "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession" (1 Peter 2:9).

Devout members in full communion with the Church of Christ will, by virtue of the very fact that they received extraordinary grace in partaking in Holy Communion and were fully incorporated into the society established on earth by Christ, will definitely be recognized in heaven. But this should not necessarily be a matter of pride, rather of great concern: for if it is true that "to whoever has, more will be given", it is also true that "to whoever much has been given, much shall be asked of".

However, in the state of heaven everyone will have as much grace and glory as for their joy to be made full, all glasses shall be filled to the top regardless of their size. There will be no place for resentment, only for rejoicing.


#7

It’s an odd way of putting it, but I’d say yes. Certainly we will be baptized members of the Church Triumphant.


#8

Isn’t our existence after this life properly understood to be either in the presence or not in the presence of God? Don’t think there would be a particular designation any longer. While here on earth, yes, as we must choose what to believe.


#9

[quote="mgn2010, post:8, topic:330656"]
Isn't our existence after this life properly understood to be either in the presence or not in the presence of God? Don't think there would be a particular designation any longer. While here on earth, yes, as we must choose what to believe.

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We will retain our identity, and eventually be reunited to a glorified body.


#10

I don't think we will be "Roman Catholic" just Catholic.

  1. The Catholic Church is simply Catholic, the universal Church with the original beliefs/teachings/traditions handed down from the apostles. Catholic = universal. Just because the Vatican happens to be near Rome does not mean the whole Church should be named "Roman." If it moved elsewhere, the Catholic Church would still be the Catholic Church.

  2. The Church is more than just the Latin ("Roman") rite. There are a lot of Eastern Catholics and other Catholic groups who are also in communion with the Pope but do not have the same customs/traditions as the Latin rite Catholics.


#11

[quote="BVMFatima, post:1, topic:330656"]
Since we are baptized, confirmed, and receive Holy Communion in the Church, and since we are the Body of Christ, and since Jesus Christ established the church upon Peter, will we still be Roman Catholics in heaven?

God Bless,
BVMFatima

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Not all Catholics go to Heaven but in Heaven there are only Catholics.


#12

Let's be honest friends. Nobody knows for sure. :D


#13

[quote="SAVINGRACE, post:12, topic:330656"]
Let's be honest friends. Nobody knows for sure. :D

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We don't know which specific individuals are in Heaven but we can say with certainty that in Heaven there are only Catholics.
Christ gave the Church authority to loose and bind in matters of faith and morals and what is bound on Earth is bound in Heaven. Therefore the Church teachings have the authority of God behind them. The Church (with the authority of God) teaches that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church and that baptism is necessary for salvation. This means there are only Catholics in Heaven - whether they are Catholic through sacramental baptism, baptism of blood, baptism of desire (explicit) or baptism of desire (implicit/invincible ignorance).


#14

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