Baptism of Desire: Avoiding the Red Herrings on a Nearby Thread
(01-31-2012, 04:53 PM)columb Wrote: INPEFESS can you show where it has be taught de fide that the necessity pertaining to Baptism (the sacrament) is that of relative necessity of precept?
I don't think that this debate would be taking place if this could be proved.  Contrary to this view it appears that in all the ex cathedra pronouncements concerning the sacrament of Baptism, it is the necessity of means that is being implied.

A great many theologians hold it to be de fide. But the common consent of theologians hold it to be at least sententiae fidei proxima. One cannot deny a teaching held with that particular theological note and not jeopardize one's membership in the Church. 

One very common mistakes that Catholics make is to think that only must believe in the basic dogmas of the Church to be Catholic--that they can deny everything else without consequence if they so choose. That is absolutely false. One cannot pick and choose what one wants to believe if one is to be a professing Catholic. One must submit one's intellect to things one's intellect cannot understand.
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Re: Baptism of Desire: Avoiding the Red Herrings on a Nearby Thread - by INPEFESS - 02-01-2012, 04:48 PM



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