No, he is not: works do not cheapen Christ’s sacrifice on the cross!
The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved by the Grace of Christian Baptism, and by nothing else (and neither by faith nor works):
[quote]By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam’s sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God. [CCC 1263, emphasis mine]
To quote The Princess Bride: “I don’t think that means what you think it means”. The paragraph you quote speaks only to the effects of baptism, not the entirety of the doctrine on justification and salvation. If it meant what you assert it means, then you’d be saying that “once saved always saved” is true; and that, most definitely, is not the teaching of the Church.
If you keep reading in the catechism, and get to #1274, you’d read:
The Holy Spirit has marked us with the seal of the Lord (“Dominicus character”) “for the day of redemption.” “Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life.” The faithful Christian who has “kept the seal” until the end, remaining faithful to the demands of his Baptism, will be able to depart this life “marked with the sign of faith,” with his baptismal faith, in expectation of the blessed vision of God - the consummation of faith - and in the hope of resurrection.
Notice that salvation isn’t simply a matter of being baptized, but rather, having “kept the seal [of baptism] until the end, remaining faithful”.
If we forfeit our Baptismal Grace through mortal sin, works will not restore it.
Agreed; yet, who ever said that this was what the Church teaches?
You could, perhaps, respond that **faith **is not necessary, much less faith alone.
Umm… pardon??? :hmmm:
Faith – our response to God’s grace – is precisely what we must have in order to be saved! Otherwise, it’s all magic: get some water dumped on us, say some words, and abracadbra – salvation! :rolleyes: