Baptism of Desire and Theological Principles by Fr. Cekada
(12-31-2011, 01:49 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: On a second thought, can't God furnish His elect with the sacrament of baptism? God can certainly provide for it.

It seems easier to consider it thus than to contemplate on loopholes that invariably arrive at the distressing thought of Muslims and Jews being saved in their religions without baptism and faith.

I do not rule out that God can -- or even does -- somehow baptize His elect, even unbeknownst to those nearby the dying man.  On the other hand, I disagree that there are loopholes with BoD because divine faith is absolutely necessary for salvation, and no one at all goes to Heaven without that virtue, as even Suprema Haec Sacra explained.

"The justification of an adult is not possible without Faith. (De fide.)" (Ott)

A papal statement quite pertinent to our discussion of the necessity of dying in the state of grace:

"Above all, the state of grace is absolutely necessary at the moment of death without it salvation and supernatural happiness—the beatific vision of God—are impossible. An act of love is sufficient for the adult to obtain sanctifying grace and to supply the lack of baptism; to the still unborn or newly born this way is not open" (Pope Pius XII, Address to Midwives on the Nature of Their Profession, 29 October 1951).

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