This past Saturday, my bishop preached a homily at the Cathedral that ended with this paragraph:
[quote=Homily for the 4th Sunday Yr C 2010]Those who think outside the box often threaten those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo–oil producers prefer gas-guzzlers because they’d sell only half as much gas if we all drove hybrid cars–and the people of Nazareth felt so threatened and infuriated by Jesus’ message that their enemies were included in God’s plan of salvation that they tried to kill the messenger, by throwing him over a cliff. But Jesus got away and continued to proclaim the Good News of Universal Salvation elsewhere.
Now, I’m not too offended by the “big oil” comments, even though I’m in the oil & gas industry. But I am confused by this “Universal Salvation” comment in the very last sentence. What is going on here? Everything I have read about the concept of “Universal Salvation” indicates that, at the very least, it is considered by Roman Catholics to be heterodox; at the worst, heretical. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?