(Continuing) Confusion in the Catholic Church

U.S Jesuit Fr. Thomas Michel who was an official at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the 1980’s and was involved in organizing the first Assisi meeting said ”It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to pray together when you don’t believe in the same God. But Catholics believe there is only one God and he hears the prayers of whoever turns to Him with sincerity and devotion.” This is a quote from the article posted on this site from CNS entitled “Back to Assisi: Pope Benedict to commemorate event he skipped” 1/7/11

You should read the whole article . In it Cardinal Ratzinger, at the first Assisi in 1986, skipped the ecumenical service because “His chief concern was that the gathering could give people the impression that the highest officials in the Catholic Church were saying that all religions believed in the same God and that every religion was an equally valid path to God”

Am I missing something here or is that exactly what happened to Fr. Michel, from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue?

Compare this with The Council of Trent Session V, 6/17/1546, Decree Concerning Original Sin;

“ (1)That our Catholic Faith, without which it is impossible to please God,.” And again in article #3 which ends with “ or if he denies that the said merit of Jesus Christ is applied, both to adults and to infants, by the Sacrament of Baptism rightly administered in the form of the Church; let him be anathema: “for there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved””. (Acts 4: 12)

Trent was clearly saying you must be Baptized in order to be saved. There are exceptions of course but they are just that, exceptions. The entire Jewish and Muslim populations are not exactly exceptions.


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