6. THE QUESTION WAS: In 418 A.D., Augustine wrote: “A man cannot have _______________ except in the Catholic Church.”

  1. Honor
  2. Wisdom
  3. Salvation




Here is the rest of the quote: “A man cannot have salvation, except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church he can have everything except salvation. He can have honor, he can have Sacraments, he can sing alleluia, he can answer amen, he can possess the gospel, he can have and preach faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; but never except in the Catholic Church will he be able to find salvation.” (Augustine, Discourse to the People of the Church at Caesarea, A.D. 418)


But, as Catholics, we believe there are people in heaven who did not have the opportunity to know the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church says that although the Church is the instrument Christ established for our salvation, and really the only guarantee, God in all His infinite mercy may supernaturally order a person to His Church if they sincerely sought God.


Here is what the Catechism says:

847 "Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience—those too may achieve eternal salvation"


http://www.catholicculture.org/docs/most/getwork.cfm?worknum=71 (what the Church means by “no salvation outside the Church)




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