If any one preach to you a Gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema. St. Paul. Galatians 1:9

Our Lord Jesus Christ , God Incarnate, NEVER EVER taught the doctrines of salvation by desire, blood or invincible ignorance. It is evident from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galations that Our Lord Jesus Christ had already taught the doctrines of the Church he founded to the Apostles.

ARTICLE 2
THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

74 God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”:29 that is, of Christ Jesus.30 Christ must be proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that this revelation may reach to the ends of the earth:

God graciously arranged that the things he had once revealed for the salvation of all peoples should remain in their entirety, throughout the ages, and be transmitted to all generations.31

I. THE APOSTOLIC TRADITION

75 “Christ the Lord, in whom the entire Revelation of the most high God is summed up, commanded the apostles to preach the Gospel, which had been promised beforehand by the prophets, and which he fulfilled in his own person and promulgated with his own lips. In preaching the Gospel, they were to communicate the gifts of God to all men. This Gospel was to be the source of all saving truth and moral discipline.”32

In the apostolic preaching. . .

76 In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways:

orally “by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received – whether from the lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit”;33

in writing “by those apostles and other men associated with the apostles who, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, committed the message of salvation to writing”.34 

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Can any man forbid water…? Acts 10:44-48

While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word. [45] And the faithful of the circumcision, who came with Peter, were astonished, for that the grace of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also.

[46] For they heard them speaking with tongues, and magnifying God. [47] Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we? [48] And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they desired him to tarry with them some days.

Haydock Commentary on Acts. 10:44-48

Ver. 44.

The Holy Ghost fell upon all them, and made his coming known in some visible manner and exterior signs, as on the day of Pentecost. The Christians who had come with St. Peter, who before had been Jews, were astonished to see that such extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were given to uncircumcised Gentiles. (Witham)

Ver. 47.

Can any man forbid water? &c. Or doubt that these, on whom the Holy Ghost hath descended, may be made members of the Christian Church, by baptism, as Christ ordained? (Witham) — Such may be the grace of God occasionally towards men, and such their great charity and contrition, that they may have remission, justification, and sanctification, before the external sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and penance be received; as we see in this example: where, at Peter’s preaching, they all received the Holy Ghost before any sacrament. But here we also learn one necessary lesson, that such, notwithstanding, must needs receive the sacraments appointed by Christ, which whosoever contemneth, can never be justified. (St. Augustine, sup. Levit. q. 84. T. 4.)  ( Bold print, my emphasis)

And “From the History of the Catholic Church ” by Fr. Fernand Mourett. S.S.

The Doctrine and Liturgy of the Early Church

__In the first place, we see that no one can be admitted to the community without going through a ceremony of initiation; it is a liturgical ablution, the Baptism of water. Even if the candidate were already favored with a direct effusion of the Holy Ghost, he is not dispensed from the sacramental rite. After the example of the Divine Master, who willed to receive a similar initiation from the Precursor, the catechumen goes down into a stream of water, as did the eunuch of Queen Candace,[8] or the water is poured upon his head, as must have been the case when the Apostle St. Paul received Baptism at the hands of Ananias[9] and when St. Paul himself baptized his jailer in prison.[10]This rite signifies death to profane life and birth in a new life that will incorporate the candidate with Christ by making him a member of the Church. St. Paul speaks of the burial accomplished by baptism;[11] and tradition has always referred to the baptismal rite the words of Jesus to Nicodemus, when He spoke to him about the necessity of being born again. So the Church requires of the neophyte the fulfilment of two preliminary conditions: repentance and faith. On Pentecost, Peter said: “Do penance, and be baptized.”[12] To the eunuch of Queen Candace, Philip the deacon said: “If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest” be baptized.[13] When all these conditions are fulfilled, the neophyte, putting off the old man, sees the new man born in him, with the inner grace and the indelible character of the Christian. Henceforth he belongs to a race of “saints”;[14] he can say that he is of a “kingly priesthood,”[15] and even of “the offspring of God.”[16]__________________

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Going, therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Mt.28:19. Does anyone else remember ‘the Black Babies’?

The most common objection to the doctrine of EENS I have heard is that the doctrine is unfair and seems to be harsh on those people who have no contact with the Church, either, because they live in remote and inaccessible places, such as in the middle of the rainforest, on desert islands or in the Arctic wastes or, because they are born and brought up in countries completely surrounded by people who practice another religion such as those who live in China or India.

However, I remember that before Vatican II, when the doctrine of EENS was the doctrine of the Church, there were Catholic missions all over the world, probably in every country, because the missionary priests and nuns sincerely believed that there was no salvation outside the Church and they took Our Lord’s commandment to go to all nations to baptise and preach the Gospel, seriously.

Every classroom in my Catholic primary school in England in the fifties had a chart pinned to the wall representing a flight of stairs with thirty steps which terminated in the Gates of Heaven. Each pupil was given a small cut-out paper doll representing an Indian, African, Chinese, Polynesian, etc. child. In those politically incorrect days, they were known as ‘the Black Babies’. Each pupil’s paper doll was pinned to the chart and, with every penny the child brought to school, the paper doll moved up a step, until after thirty steps the doll reached the Gates of Heaven when the pupil was given a small certificate stating that they had contributed half a crown to the missions for the salvation of a child and could choose a baptismal name for the child.

“You send five bob to some nuns in Africa and they christen a baby and name her after you. I’ve got six black Cordelias already. Isn’t it lovely.”

From ‘Brideshead Revisited’ by Evelyn Waugh. Link to an interesting essay about the book.

Missionaries frequently visited the schools and the church to give talks about, and to raise funds for, their missionary activities. However, with the adoption of the heresies of salvation by desire or invincible ignorance, these missionary activities have virtually ceased or have been transmuted into social work rather than that of salvation. How many souls have been lost to God because of the adoption of these heresies by the Church? The result of the abandonment of the doctrine of EENS has been infinitely more cruel in that so many people have been deprived of the opportunity of salvation and the merits of Christ’s death that baptism applies to the individual soul.

Christ taught that Baptism is necessary for salvation “Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” The Athanasian Creed, accepted as Infallible by the Church, begins with the warning: “Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith, except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.” Were ignorance capable of saving one, it would be the cruelest thing to do as Christ commanded, and go forth to all nations, baptising and teaching them all things He taught us. It would be far kinder to leave them in their ignorance, which is so much easier to keep than our Catholic Faith with all its rules…

What is forgotten here is that Baptism does not just forgive sins. It directly applies the merits of Christ’s death to the individual soul; it makes of the baptised person a “new creature” (no longer a member of fallen humanity, which of its nature cannot enter into heaven, he becomes a member of redeemed humanity, which can); it places an indelible mark on the soul; it grafts him into the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ; and it infuses knowledge of the Truth in a sub- or superintellectual manner—and all of these are necessary to enter into Heaven. An individual who is in the state of justification but has not received these other effects, is like one of the just of the Old Testament. Their sins were forgiven them; but they could not ascend to Heaven precisely because they were sons of Adam. They had to be united to Christ, because “no one ascends to the Father except through me.” This union was accomplished for them by Christ when He “descended into hell,” as we say in the Apostle’s Creed. For those of us in the New Law, that can only happen through Baptism. Of course, it is far easier for us than for the Old Law people, who had no sacramental graces.

From the Feenyite FAQ by Charles Coulombe. Link

Another point is that in this world post the internet, it is exceedingly difficult to justify the argument of invincible ignorance. All the Gospels , Epistles, Catechisms, the dogmas of the faith , papal ex-cathedra bulls and encyclicals, out of print Catholic books etc. are available to anyone who sincerely seeks the Truth. I now have access to a wealth of materials which support the catechism I learnt as a child and which would have been unavailable or difficult to find pre the internet.

‘ Do you know what a thing it is to contradict God?’ From the Homily of St. John Chrysostom on the Gospel of St. John. 13:37

The dogmas of the Catholic Church regarding the necessity of Faith and Baptism for salvation are based on:-

John 3:5

Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

[5] Unless a man be born again: By these words our Saviour hath declared the necessity of baptism; and by the word water it is evident that the application of it is necessary with the words. Matt. 28. 19

And John 3:16

For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. [18] He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [19] And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. [20] For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved.

[18] Is not judged: He that believeth, viz., by a faith working through charity, is not judged, that is, is not condemned; but the obstinate unbeliever is judged, that is, condemned already, by retrenching himself from the society of Christ and his church.

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John 6:51.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. [52] If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world. [53] The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? [54]Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. [55] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.

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I do not understand how Catholics nowadays can condemn Protestants for their refusal to  literally believe in Our Lord’s command to eat his flesh and drink his blood, a saying so hard to believe that most of his disciples abandoned Him on hearing it, when they themselves do not literally believe in His teachings regarding the necessity of baptism with water and the Holy Ghost and faith for salvation.

But yet, when the Son of Man cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth? Lk.18:8

The Catholic Faith is composed of dogmas or Divine, Spiritual, Objective Truths.

‘By dogma in the strict sense is understood a truth immediately (formally) revealed by God which has been proposed by the Teaching Authority of the Church to be believed as such……All those things are to be believed by divine and Catholic faith which are contained in the Word of God, written or handed down, and which are proposed for our belief by the Church, either in a solemn defintion or in its ordinary and universal authoritive teaching. (Vatican 1)

A list of the dogmas of the Catholic Faith:-Link

If a baptised person deliberately denies or contradicts a dogma, he or she becomes guilty of the sin of heresy and automatically becomes subject to the punishment of excommunication.

The person….who disbelieves (even) one article of the faith does not have faith, either formed or unformed. St.Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica.

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus. Outside the Church there is no Salvation.

The Principal Dogmas of the Catholic Church with regard to baptism, faith and salvation are:

IX) Baptism.

6) Baptism by water (Baptismus fluminis) is, since the promulgation of the Gospel, necessary for all men, without exception, for salvation.

II) God the Creator.

24) Souls who depart this life in a state of original sin are excluded from the Beatific Vision of God.

V) God the Sanctifier.

18) The justification of an adult is not possible without faith.

VI) The Catholic Church.

20) Membership of the Catholic Church is necessary for all men for salvation.

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‘And if heaven can be attained on easier terms outside of the Church than within it, then the work of Jesus Christ and His Apostles was altogether unnecessary and the promises of Him whose word “shall not pass away ” false and worthless. From this it is evident that they who condemn this doctrine…(Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus).. of the Church condemn the doctrine of Christ; and to do this is to deny alike His holiness, His veracity and His divinity’

From ‘The Church of the Parables and True Spouse of the Suffering Saviour. The Parable of the Net ‘ by Joseph Prachensky S.J.

A wonderful book which I earnestly recommend. Link

 

The Purpose of this blog is to bear witness that :-

1) before Vatican II, all Catholics, except, apparently, those catechised by the heretical Baltimore Catechism, were catechised to believe in and did believe in the doctrine Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church;

2) Catholics were not Puritans. Puritanism can be considered to be a Gnostic or Manichean heresy in that the material world is considered to be the source of evil and not man’s disordered will which abuses the good things that God has provided for us;

3) Catholics were not obsessed with the Apocalypse. Apocalyptic obsessions were and are a characteristic of the north american puritans and are a corollary of their heretical belief that the material world is intrinsically evil.

A Prayer.

Prevent, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thine inspirations, and further them by Thine assistance: that every word and work of ours, may begin always from Thee and by Thee be likewise ended.

From the Thanksgiving after Mass . Canticle of Daniel ( 3 ,57-88, 56)

Introduction and Dedication

A defence of the Catholic Faith by a simple pre-Vatican II Catholic who, thanks to the totally unmerited grace and mercy of God, has not forgotten the teachings of the Catechism.

I dedicate this blog to Our Lady, Mother of God Incarnate; to Saint Athanasius, whose determined defence of dogma saved the Church from the Arian heresy; to St. Anthony the ‘Hammer of Heretics’; to Saint Philomena for the many graces received through her intercessions, and to the memory of all my Irish ancestors who, despite suffering for almost four hundred years the most dreadful persecutions and privations at the hands of Protestants and Puritans, did not abandon their Faith.

I write this blog for my children and their families in the hope that, with God’s Grace and Mercy, they will come to learn, understand and believe in the ‘ Faith of their Fathers’.