I was surprised to read, in the recent letter of archbishop Vigano to President Trump, assertions by Vigano that the majority of persons in the world today are children of light.
“The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority.”
“On the other hand, there are those who serve themselves, who do not hold any moral principles, who want to demolish the family and the nation… [who] will one day – if they do not repent – yield to the terrible fate that awaits them, far from God, in eternal damnation.”
“However, it is important that the good – who are the majority – wake up from their sluggishness and do not accept being deceived by a minority of dishonest people with unavowable purposes…. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy?” [LifeSiteNews]
Does Vigano believe that, within all of humanity, the children of light are a majority, and the children of darkness, who are on the path to Hell, are “an absolute minority”? It seems that he does, from the above assertions. But this implies certain theological conclusions, which are not compatible with the common opinions of the far right in Catholicism.
As of 2020, Christians are an estimated 29% of humanity. Muslims are 24%. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist are 14%, and the Hindu represent another 14%. Judaism is less than 0.2% of the human race. Then other non-monotheistic religions take up the rest of humanity.
If the children of light are a majority of humanity, and I think they might well be, this implies that many persons are in a state of grace who are non-Catholic, non-Christian, and who do not hold a monotheistic belief system. In my view, believers of various religions and even atheists can be in the state of grace by an implicit baptism of desire and by implicit perfect contrition. They can go to Heaven by following their consciences. But is that what Vigano believes? How can the children of light be an absolute majority of humanity, unless the term children of light includes Muslims and other non-Christian believers? And clearly Vigano does not believe that all Christians are children of light, so how does he make a majority out of the disparate sets of beliefs of so many different groups?
Vigano also speaks as if only the children of darkness, “an absolute minority”, are on the path to Hell. This would imply that most human persons go to Heaven, something I believe, and that a minority only go to Hell. Yet Vigano’s supporters are mainly on the far right in Catholicism, and many of them believe otherwise. They believe that a majority of persons go to Hell, that it is mainly only Christians or mainly only Catholics who go to Heaven. And they certainly reject my belief, that Muslims, Jews, and other non-Christian believers as well as non-believers can and often do go to Heaven. So Vigano seems to be asserting a rather liberal doctrine of salvation theology, one contrary to the ideas held by his fan base.
Do conservative Catholics reject this letter written by Vigano, at least in its soteriology? Or do they have some type of convoluted justification that will reconcile his words with their dogmatically held opinions on salvation?
Ronald L. Conte Jr.