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Author:  Admin [ Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:52 am ]
Post subject:  The Church and the World (Fenton)

An AER article by Monsignor Joseph Fenton, The Church and the World:

http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/fento ... 0World.pdf

Author:  austinmarie [ Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Church and the World (Fenton)

Quote:
Thus the visible Catholic Church is inherently and primarily the company of the saved, the society with which men must be associated if they are to enjoy the beatific vision. Page 205.


Very glad I read this. I am filled with admiration of the Church's beautiful expression of the truth, ever consistent. I notice here the use of the word "associated", not "incorporated [as member]" in describing those who can obtain salvation. I just remember also that even the celebrated Cantate Domino says "... unless they are joined to the Church before the end of their lives ..." How come the two extremes of Feeneyism and the Vatican-twonism could arise when the theology on the subject of the Church and Salvation has been so properly and accurately developed?

Quote:
Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium # 15:
“For several reasons the Church recognizes that it is joined to those who, though baptized and so honoured with the Christian name, do not profess the faith in its entirety or do not preserve communion under the successor of St. Peter.”


How is VII in error here?

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