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Critics of Francis’ Fraternity Teaching Hide Their Own Views
This is a common way to try to win an argument online, without being right. You hide your own position, and simply attack the position of the other person. You ask many rhetorical questions, which distort your opponent’s views. But you don’t answer any questions yourself.
So, I ask the critics of Francis’ teachings in Human Fraternity, in Fratelli Tutti, and in the new video calling for fraternity among religions, esp. Jews, Muslims, Christians, to answer some questions on their own views:
1. Consider a Jew who believes in God, who prays devoutly, who seeks not to offend God by sin, who repents when his conscience is aware of sin, and who loves others selflessly.
* Is this person in the state of grace, having repented from every serious sin of which he is aware, and continuing in the love of God and neighbor day by day?
* Does this person receive a baptism of desire by sincere repentance from sin out of love for God, or out of love for God and neighbor?
* Is this person given eternal life in Heaven (after a time in Purgatory) due to his faith in God and his love for God and neighbor?
2. The same questions are proposed about a Muslim woman, who prays devoutly, who seeks not to offend God by sin, who repents promptly and deeply if she sins, and who loves God and neighbor.
3. Consider an atheist who loves other human persons selflessly, and devotes his live to helping persons in need, persons who are suffering. He seeks to live a moral life, and lives a life of selfless love of others.
4. Are not all persons who love others selflessly saved by implicit membership in the Church, through the state of grace? For no one can love others in true selfless love without the infused virtue of love, and all who have that virtue also have faith and hope and the state of grace.
Are not all persons who receive the state of grace children of God by spiritual adoption?
What then would be the basis for any objection to fraternity among all persons who are in the state of grace? What is the reason for rejecting fraternity with other persons who are children of God by spiritual adoption through the state of grace?
It is a dogma of the Church that persons who receive the Sacrament of Baptism (with water) and those who receive the baptism of desire each and all have the state of grace by that baptism, and are therefore children of God by spiritual adoption. This means that many non-Christians are our brothers and sisters. They have love, faith, and hope. They have the state of grace. They are brothers and sisters of Christ.
And it is hypocritical in the extreme for Catholics who openly reject Pope Francis’s teaching authority, who accuse many popes of heresy, who reject the Second Vatican Council, who reject teachings from the First Vatican Council on the Pope, who insist that the Church herself has gone astray, and who are therefore manifest heretics and schismatics, to claim that they are going to Heaven, but faithful Jews and faithful Muslims are not.
They think that they only are children of God by spiritual adoption, by being Catholic, and yet they reject the Catholic faith in a myriad of ways. They behave with open malice toward the Vicar of Christ, and claim that they alone are saved, since they follow Christ, while rejecting His Vicar and attacking His Church.
Their rejection of fraternity with Jews, Muslims, and other believers suggests that they think non-Christians cannot be saved without converting. But this is the heresy of Feeneyism. If non-Christians are saved by implicit baptism of desire, then why can we not have fraternity with them? Clearly, the opponents of fraternity do not believe that Jews, Muslims and other non-Christians believers and unbelievers are saved. But they hide this view so as not to be accused of what they actually believe.
Similarly, many of the papal accusers clearly do not think that Pope Francis is the valid Pope. But they hide this belief so that they will not have to admit that they are schismatics and sedevacantists.
My views on salvation are in past posts on the subject, and in my book:
Forgiveness and Salvation for Everyone.