Monday, May 21, 2007

Pope John Paul II on Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus....

"The Council speaks of membership in the Church for Christians and of being related to the Church for non-Christian believers in God, for people of (cf. Lumen Gentium 15-16). Both these dimensions are important for salvation, and each one possesses varying levels. People are saved through the Church, they are saved in the Church, but they always are saved by the grace of Christ. Besides formal membership in the Church, the sphere of salvation can also include other forms of relation to the Church. Paul VI expressed this same teaching in his first encyclical, Ecclesiam Suam, when he spoke of the various circles of the dialogue of salvation (cf. Ecclesiam Suam 101-117), which are the same as those indicated by the Council as the spheres of membership in and of relation to the Church. This is the authentic meaning of the well-known statement 'Outside the Church there is no salvation.'" (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, pp. 140-141).

5 comments:

Marissa said...

Thanks for posting this Paul. Obviously the SBC cult just doesn't get it. Now Andre Marie's followers are trying to say that he's an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church. How is this possible without the Bishop's permission? Obviously it's not.

The spirit of lying which is part and parcel of the SBC cult is not only pathologicial, it's demonic.

Carrie said...

The SBC cult is a house of cards built on sand. It's coming down. Thank you Paul, for continuing to bring to light all that is not right in Richmond, NH.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Thank you both for your kind notes. The Saint Benedict Center cult will not survive. Eventually, it will fall. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next year, but eventually it will collapse. Jesus has told us that without Him we can do nothing. The Saint Benedict Center cult is not in communion with the Church. Separated from the Vine, the branches wither.

Richmond Rising said...

Paul:

I would like to thank you for helping to educate and inform us. Your strength gives us strength. Your passion gives us renewed passion. Your Faith inspires us to keep the faith. Your courage gives us hope.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Richmond Rising, what a lovely thing to say. You have made my day. Please pray for me.

God love you,
Paul.

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