Why do so many Catholics drop the ball when it comes to EENS?
(08-02-2009, 04:55 PM)Valz Wrote:
(08-02-2009, 04:10 PM)nsper7 Wrote: Also, the EENS issue should be one of the later issues you address. First, you have to convince them that the Catholic Church is the True Chuch; otherwise, they will just laugh at us like we laugh at the Fundy-gelical Protestants. While going up to people and telling people they will most likely burn in Hell for all eternity if they do not become Catholic as a certain macabre joy and appeal to it, it is probably not going to lead people to the Church?

Is the goal to be obnoxious or to bring them to the Church?

I understand what you mean but the problem my OP is referring to is when some Catholics are asked whether or not EENS is true by non-Catholics. Many of them pussyfoot around it and start making up excuses to exonerate the non-Catholics from having to join The Church. This is hardly in keeping with our duty to evangelize and bring others into the faith. Answering the question in the affirmative is in fact a stepping stone to the discussion which follows: "Why is The Church necessary for salvation?"

Sometimes the discussion takes different routes, depending with whom you are talking with.


But explaining it well is difficult. Look at my previous posts and others. It is easy to say 'only use what Councils and Popes have said', but then it gets muddled because there is the Catechism, which is what most people see as Church teaching. It will make the Church sound schizo if you say something about, "Well, the Council of Trent and several Pre-Tridentine Popes said 'X', but the current Catechism says 'Y' and if you read some of the writing of Pope Pius X and the more recent Popes, like Paul VI and John Paul II, they said 'Z'."

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Re: Why do so many Catholics drop the ball when it comes to EENS? - by nsper7 - 08-02-2009, 05:03 PM

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