Why do so many Catholics drop the ball when it comes to EENS?
Baptism of Desire simply follows an old moral theology principle, does it not? Let's say for instance that you are walking on your way to confession for which you have prepared well and you get hit by a bus and die. The Church admits the likelihood in this case that your sins are forgiven because you had already started the action that would inevitably result in your sins being sacramentally forgiven.

Now let's further say that a person desires to be baptized and live as a Catholic (even if they do not know what it really means to be a Catholic) but lacks either the freedom or possibility of actually doing it. If they die without the ritual of baptism in this case, we can still admit they are probably saved, because they had already begun the action of attempting to become a Catholic to the extent that is was possible for them (by living in accordance with the natural law, etc.).

Understood in this regard, baptism of desire and blood does not weaken the doctrine of EENS, because it merely provides a means for those for whom it would be physically impossible to participate in the ritual of baptism or those prohibited in some other way (like a teen who wishes to be a Catholic, but is prevented from doing so because his parents prohibit it) a means to become part of the Church.

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Re: Why do so many Catholics drop the ball when it comes to EENS? - by Ray M Facere - 08-05-2009, 02:14 PM

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