mercoledì 12 ottobre 2011

Santa Maria, Madre di Dio

Santa Maria, Madre di Dio,
conservami un cuore di fanciullo, puro e limpido come acqua di sorgente. Ottienimi un cuore semplice che non si ripieghi ad assaporare le proprie tristezze: un cuore magnanimo nel donarsi, facile alla compassione; un cuore fedele e generoso, che non dimentichi alcun bene e non serbi rancore di alcun male. Formami un cuore dolce e umile che ami senza esigere di essere riamato; un cuore grande e indomabile così che nessuna ingratitudine lo possa chiudere e nessuna indifferenza lo possa stancare; un cuore tormentato dalla gloria di Gesù Cristo, ferito dal suo grande amore con una piaga che non rimargini se non in Cielo. Amen.

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Catholic Mission ha detto...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Member of the European Parliament and journalist speaks at Luci sull’Est conference calling on Christians to discover their identity

At the Conference held at the St. John Lateran University last month Magdi Alam said that it is necessary “to have the certainty of who we are, the certainty of the truth” since these are “not negotiable values, like the sacredness of life and religious freedom”. He called to find the force “to testify to the certainty in Christ in a Christian earth. Only if we are strong within, we have the authority to ask for the freedom of all the Christians in the world”.

Without the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus Catholics have lost their identity Magdi Alam must note. There can be no true proclamation of the Gospel and mission without proclaiming the necessity of the Church for the salvation of all people, including all Christians. If you give up this dogma then there is nothing sacred in the Catholic Church, in the sense, everything is open to change and relativism.

We need an evangelization based on Vatican Council II and the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

This was the unheard call of Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Vatican. In an interview in Avvenire he called for Mission based on Lumen Gentium 14 and Ad Gentes 7. He specifically cited these texts from Vatican Council II which he related verbatim to the interviewer. ( Amato: il dialogo non exclude l'nnuncio ' Stefano Andrini da Bologna Dec.3.2009, Avvenire p. 16 Catholica).

Magdi Alam converted to the Catholic Faith and was baptized at St. Peters’ in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Magdi Alam could bring coherence in the secular media reporting on the Catholic dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. The media claims that Vatican Council II has contradicted the dogma when in reality Vatican Council II supports the dogma. This is an injustice to Catholics since their faith is being misrepresented.

It is important for Catholics to know that Vatican Council II (LG 14, AG 7) is in accord with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. Similarly the Catechism of the Catholic Church says God the Father wants all people to be united in the Catholic Church .(CCC 845).The Catechism also says all people need to enter the Church as through a door (CCC 846).

Vatican Council II (LG 14, AG 7) indicates that the ordinary means of salvation is the Catholic Church. The media suggests that the ordinary means of salvation is non Catholics being saved in invincible ignorance (LG16).We do not know of any explicit case of a non Catholic being saved in invincible ignorance. So this is not an exception to the dogma as the media allege.Since being saved in invincible ignorance or the baptism of desire is implicit, the Church Councils did not mention it with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

This is the Catholic teaching in the past, in Vatican Council II, and after Vatican Council II. This is the teaching known in the Church for centuries.It is the teaching of the Church according to magisterial texts.

It is in this dogma that Christians can be united and they can find their true identity in the Catholic Church. -Lionel Andrades

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