Hello, I asked this question to a Priest and a Deacon and I am waiting for a reply. So in the mean time, I thought I would post it here.
A lot of my family is Protestant and so am I, but I think that I want to become Catholic. I have studied a lot about the history of Christianity and the teachings of the early Church fathers and Christians and it has lead me to believe that the Catholic Church could very well be the true Church.
I am having trouble understanding what the Catholic position is on a particular issue.
The Catholic Church teaches that Protestants can make it to Heaven as long as they have a valid Baptism. The Catholic Church also teaches that if someone dies in a state of mortal sin they will go to hell unless they have gone to Confession and confessed their mortal sins to a priest. However, here is what I am having trouble understanding: Protestants don’t have the Sacrament of Confession, so how do they make it to Heaven if they can’t receive forgiveness from their mortal sins?
Please help me. This has really got me worried about the Salvation of many of my family members.