I am in a dialog with a friend who is not Catholic. My friend belongs to a bible church and while he has no allegiance specifically to a reformer he seems to follow a lot of Calvin’s teachings. In our recent dialog concerning justification my friend is convinced that canon xxxii is proof that the Catholic Church teaching on initial Justification includes our own ability to merit it. When I read this canon, I don’t see it that way but I will admit that the first sentence is confusing to me. Can you please help me better understand what this canon is saying so that I can better dialog with him?
Thanks so much for your help.