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    Answering the Skeptics - Part 5: Mike Leonard - questions about the Church





    The Catholic Church contains the fullness of truth, but those outside of the Church can participate in truth and be saved.
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Debra
If we didn't believe in the fullness of The Churches teaching then why be Catholic. I think we Catholics try to be so politically correct and try not to hurt peoples feelings that we have to apologize for what we believe. We don't share or celebrate how wonderful the teachings are. We risk loosing it. Hiding our faith "under a bushel" does not do anyone any good ourselves included. You show us that we can share in a very positive caring but truthful approach. Thank you again. This is very refreshing.
12/20/2009 5:22:27 AM
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Christopher Lake
On the issue of the salvation of non-Christians, this video seems to go somewhat beyond the statements of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism states that those people who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel, *may* (not will, but may) be saved by following what God has given them through their consciences. However, the Catechism does *not* say, unequivocally, that *atheists* may be saved in this way, as Father Barron does here.

Perhaps, the Catechism's statement, that I mentioned above, may apply to atheists who live in countries in which it is very hard to hear the Gospel (such as North Korea). Perhaps in such places, there are many atheists who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel and may be saved by following their consciences. However, most atheists in America and Europe (at the very least) certainly have ways of hearing the Gospel, if they so choose, and responding to it. Hence, they are not blameless before God for their rejection of the Gospel, and we should not at all assume that God will save them anyway. I love Father Barron's overall vision with Word On Fire, but I found this video to be unnecessarily confusing and disappointing.
12/21/2009 10:26:35 AM
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Opinion Sensa
Father Barron made a profound observation and I think Mr. Lake needs to ponder a bit more about the Mercy of God and expand the meaning of "through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel"...there are many complicated reasons why someone would not "know" understand the Gospel or reject it. Besides faith is a gift from God. (ask any converted aetheist. Also, remember that any aetheist at the last minute can repent and that the last will be the first and the first will be the last.
9/2/2011 10:56:11 PM
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