I come from a Reformed Protestant background, was saved when I was 18 and have followed God ever since. Discovering the works of St Augustine and how faithfully Catholic he was has really weighed on my heart that I probably should consider the Catholic Church. I have a few questions that have been on my mind and I could really use some help.
First, I was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church, does that mean I am still Catholic?
Second, the major question that’s been weighing on me: I found this in Catholic Answers regarding salvation:
Non-Christians can be saved, said John Paul, if they seek God with “a sincere heart.” In that seeking they are “related” to Christ and to his body the Church (address to the CDF).
Those who do not know the Church, even those who fight against it, can receive these gifts if they honestly seek God and his truth. But, Adam says, “though it be not the Catholic Church itself that hands them the bread of truth and grace, yet it is Catholic bread that they eat.” And when they eat of it, “without knowing it or willing it” they are "incorporated in the supernatural substance of the Church."
Are they trying to say that non-Christians can go to heaven too, outside of Christ? That they just have to be a good person and they can get into heaven? Does this mean that that there is a possibility that a person can be saved but it would be God saving them, as in Him choosing them, granting them grace?
I can kind of see the latter, but as far as this statement goes, it sounds as though John Paul is saying that a non-believer can just have a sincere heart (whatever that means) and be related to Christ? So a Buddhist could have a good heart, be a good person and he can go to heaven?
I hope I am completely reading this wrong. Please advise.