Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren
"For this reason the members of the Church must not be jealous but rejoice if someone outside the community does something good in Christ’s name, as long as he does it with the right intention and with respect.  It can also occur that in the Church herself sometimes there is a failure to value and to appreciate, in a spirit of profound communion, the good things done by various ecclesial groups" (Pope Benedict XVI, 30 September 2012).

I think it's obvious to all that people can do good works without grace, and also that actual grace exists outside the Church.  But let's not fool ourselves: non-Catholics lead people to accept a false form of Christianity, which is better than paganism or atheism, but unless their new converts unite themselves to Christ's Church before death, they will surely share in the same fate as the aforementioned pagans and atheists.

"Whoever does not gather with this Church scatters" (Pope Pius IX, Qui Pluribus, n. 11).

"For, in effect, he scatters and gathers not who gathers not with the Church and with Jesus Christ, and all who fight not jointly with him and with the Church are in very truth contending against God" (Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae, n. 17).

Bottom line:  Yes, non-Catholics can and do many good works, but unless they finally board the Ark of St. Peter, it will all be in vain.  When was the last time the Holy Father stated this grave truth?

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Re: Benedict: Take Joy in the Good of our Separated Brethren - by SouthpawLink - 10-21-2012, 11:16 AM

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