Discernment

Schooling Pope Francis on Roman Catholicism

Last week, Pope Francis I, the only person in the world who supposedly has the ability to speak infallibly, graciously demonstrated for all just how fallible—and damningly wrong—he can be.

As previously reported, Pope Francis declared last week that all people, even atheists, have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and will “meet one another” if they will only “do good.” The error of the pontiff’s words was demonstrated on various websites. Of particular interest and importance in the post “Pope Francis Does Not Know God” was the gross contradiction between the pope’s words and God’s words as found in Scripture. What was not addressed in that post, but now has been pointed out by a Vatican spokesman, was the glaring fact that Pope Francis blatantly contradicted the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Christian Post reports:

But in an “explanatory note on the meaning of ‘salvation,'” the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman highlighted that being “good” alone is not enough to be saved. People who know about the Catholic Church, he explained, “cannot be saved” if they “refuse to enter her or remain in her.” (Source)

Perhaps the Vatican is attempting to play a game of semantics with the terms “redemption” and “salvation,” but that is a discussion for another time. Rosica here is alluding to Part One, Section 2 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The reader must remember that, in the CCC, the word “Church” is referencing the Roman Catholic Church, not the true Church and Body of Christ as defined in Scripture. Thus, the CCC reads as follows:

To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. the Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. the Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.

“Outside the Church there is no salvation”

How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

(Source: 845, 846)

Of course, the pope’s contradiction with and obvious disregard for Scripture is a far more dreadful offense than his inconsistency with his own church’s false doctrine. Nevertheless, it can be hoped that such a blunder may at least raise a few eyebrows among those who persist in affirming the Roman Catholic Church in its error. Only one infallible person ever walked this earth, and that same person is the true and only Head of the Church: Jesus Christ, the Lord of all.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9–11)

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