I don’t consider myself a Serious Catholic Apologist, but I am ‘serious’ and your title caught my eye!
I agree with Timothy, firstly.
“Are the conditions which make universal formal Church membership impossible a result of the fall?”
- I think you mean an automatic conversion of every person into the church?
You’re suggesting everyone hears the gospel, but something prevents universal membership?
This assumption about universal exposure to the gospel (which there almost certainly is to varying extents around the world) doesn’t quite seem to sit well with the two questions you posed, though. Could you clarify how the presumption feeds into the questions?
- “Before the creation of the world, was it God’s will that everyone be formal members of the Catholic Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome?”
In respect of 1) It depends if God knew the fall would happen. If yes, then the answer to the question has to be yes. God always intended Jesus to be born and for the church to be created- the New Covenant to be born, and this was prophesied in the early books of the old Testament.
- “Is it God’s will today?”
Yes, it must be. God wishes to pull all of us from the literal ‘burning building’ more than a mother wants to pull her child from the real one. The method of pulling us, and the thing to which we are pulled and nurtured is his church, with Peter as the first bishop of Rome.
I hope this is a reasonable answer. I’m a little intimidated by your forum rank! But I saw you’re on your way to the church and as this was my journey too, I’d like to help any way I can