Hi, I’ve yet to become Catholic, though I’m well on my way. I’m mostly convinced that the Catholic Church possesses the Fullness of the Truth. The questions that I do still have are more appropriate, perhaps, for other areas of the board. I just wanted to ask this for now:
Does anyone have any good explanations as to how the Church is One, and the Only One, yet how Christians can exist outside of the Church? I believe this, of course, because both experience and the CCC affirm it to be true…I just don’t understand it. Before, I believed in the “Invisible Church”–and so it made perfect sense that Christians existed outside of the Catholic Church as I perceived it–but I now see, and rejoice (in spite of confusion), that the One Church is very Visible and Tangible. I’ve read in the Catechism that Catholics believe that Christians outside of the official Catholic Communion are simply in an imperfect communion with the Church. Does this mean that, in some sense, they are unwitting Catholics, who simply can’t receive the Eucharist until they recognize, embrace, and commit to this truth?