Did the Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome, also who calls himself the Pope, make a corrective during this morning's homily to his assertion and Pope Paul VI's assertion that "because it is not possible to find Jesus outside the Church. The great Paul VI said: "Wanting to live with Jesus without the Church, following Jesus outside of the Church, loving Jesus without the Church is an absurd dichotomy." And the Mother Church that gives us Jesus gives us our identity that is not only a seal, it is a belonging. Identity means belonging. This belonging to the Church is beautiful."
In my post here on Sunday, May 19th, I headlined my post with: "Outside the Church there is no salvation." You can read it HERE. There were only four comments on this bombshell post!
The most radical thing I wrote was the following:
Outside the Church there is no salvation. But what about those who through invincible ignorance and no fault of their own do not know Christ and believe that their own false religion is good enough or no religion at all? The Church extends to them through her missionary endeavors and good works the message of Christ so that they will come to know Him through the Church. If they die in invincible ignorance God's grace of purification at the time of their personal judgement will enlighten them and they will either reject the Light of Christ cast upon them as they did throughout their lives or being enlightened they will be purified and made a part of the Church Suffering and/or ultimately the Church Triumphant! Many believe that the process of personal judgment is purgatory.
And now today, the Holy Father speaks of good works, goodness, of love and that this transcends the Church and is inscribed in the hearts, souls, of everyone regardless of creed because everyone without exception is created in the image and likeness of God.
Some excerpts of the Holy Father's Motel 6 chapel's homily:
"The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. He must. Not can: must! Because he has this commandment within him. Instead, this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God. That we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.”
"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
“Doing good” the Pope explained, is not a matter of faith: “It is a duty, it is an identity card that our Father has given to all of us, because He has made us in His image and likeness. And He does good, always.”
MY COMMENT: Of course, one must understand and critique this homily by reading and hearing what the pope has already said about the necessity of the Church, which I included in my post which I link above.
But the Holy Father, just as he has said to others, he said to the Chinese today. As you know, the Pope has been calling various groups in the Church to fidelity and obedience to Holy Mother Church and her Magisterium, her living Magisterium of the Pope and the Bishops in union with Him. He said it to the Scripture theologians of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and he has said it to a group of sisters meeting with him in Rome and he has said it to the radical LCWR. Be faithful to the Magisterium
Now he says it to the Chinese who have there own version of of the LCWR, the Chinese National Catholic Church which is not in union with the Magisterium and this is a BOMBSHELL, folks!:
“I urge all Catholics around the world to join in prayer with our brothers and sisters who are in China, to implore from God the grace to proclaim with humility and joy Christ, who died and rose again; to be faithful to His Church and the Successor of Peter and to live everyday life in service to their country and their fellow citizens in a way that is consistent with the faith they profess.
Mary, Virgin most faithful, support Chinese Catholics, render their commitments, which are not easy, more and more precious in the eyes of the Lord, and nurture the affection and the participation of the Church in China in the journey of the Universal Church”.
MY FINAL COMMENT: Yes, the Pope actually said this, this morning and is asking Catholics around the world to pray for China and her conversion to the true Church and her Magisterium. I am left speechless (but not for long)! He wants the Chinese National Church (Governmental Church) to be faithful to the Magisterium and not try to be a parallel Magisterium like the LCWR is trying to do.