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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Catechism of the Catholic Church and Salvation Outside the Church

[Note: due to some technical difficulties not all my links are underlined in this article so readers will have to move their mouse over the references to find the link. All references in this article are linked to official documents. Thank you for you patience. :-)]


Catechisms are not infallible documents. They are normative teaching - a mixture of infallible and non-infallible theology. There may be theological tendencies of the age that can influence a catechism. For example Limbo of Infants was a common teaching in most catechisms around the whole world for many years but in the 20th century many theologians turned against this teaching (We think unwisely- see Limbo)



Some catechisms have even contain heresies like the nicknamed "Catechism of St. Pius X" . It said in question under section "The Ninth Article of the Creed-
The Church in Particular"

#29 Q. But if a man through no fault of his own is outside the Church, can he be saved?

A. If he is outside the Church through no fault of his, that is, if he is in good faith, and if he has received Baptism, or at least has the implicit desire of Baptism; and if, moreover, he sincerely seeks the truth and does God's will as best he can such a man is indeed separated from the body of the Church, but is united to the soul of the Church and consequently is on the way of salvation.

See the division of belonging to the Church's body or soul.This division is repeated in section "Those Outside the Communion of Saints" #10,#22, that people can belong to the "soul" of the Church but without being part of the body and be Catholic, i.e. without Sacramental Baptism. (also see BoD/BoB) This theory was condemned by Leo XIII in the encyclical "Satis Cognitum".