Baptism of Desire and Theological Principles by Fr. Cekada
(12-29-2011, 07:57 PM)Stubborn Wrote: So you are not reading any contradiction. How is that possible?

Because the key point is necessity versus impossibility.

Catholic Encyclopedia

"Again, in relation to the means necessary to salvation theologians divide necessity into necessity of means and necessity of precept. In the first case the means is so necessary to salvation that without it (absolute necessity) or its substitute (relative necessity), even if the omission is guiltless, the end cannot be reached. Thus faith and baptism of water are necessary by a necessity of means, the former absolutely, the latter relatively, for salvation. In the second case, necessity is based on a positive precept, commanding something the omission of which, unless culpable, does not absolutely prevent the reaching of the end."

Please see that the necessity of water baptism is relative. Relative to what? Relative to availability of the means. In addition, if such a necessity was absolute, it would be a sin to require a catechumen to undergo instruction, and require them to be informed.

There is no contradiction because Trent never intended to say that perfect contrition with desire for a sacrament does not justify. Such a statement would have taken up a large amount of discussion and clarification in the actual decrees and catechism because it would have been novel to deny the efficacy of perfect contrition, and quite frankly unsupportable.

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