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On Grace and Merit

It is not news to say that many Protestants claim that the Catholic Church teaches a form of salvation by merit in contrast to their own belief in salvation by grace. This claim about the Church’s teaching is of course

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Catechism, Sola Gratia, Summa Theologiae

Grace, grace, God’s grace

It has been a little while since I had anything to say about the fact that we are saved by grace alone. So I will just slip this little post in here to correct that. The Catechism teaches thus: It

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Merit, Sola Gratia

The Catechism on Justification, Part 03

In this episode of our continuing series on justification as explained in the CCC we come to §1989: The first work of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conversion, effecting justification in accordance with Jesus’ proclamation at the beginning

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The Catechism on Justification, Part 02

In our first foray into what the CCC teaches us about justification, it gave us the bird’s-eye, wide-angle-lens view of the doctrine. We learned that justification is the work of the Holy Spirit, a work of free grace; we observed

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Faith Seeking Understanding, Justification, Sola Gratia

Salvation outside the Church

Some have said that a “novelty” introduced by the second Vatican Council is the idea that some people who are not Christians at all could be saved by God. These same folks are apparently unaware of the fact that the

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Posted in Apologetics, Baptism, Church History, Sola Gratia

The Catholic view of merit

Many (or most, or bunches of) Protestants have the false idea in their heads that the Catholic Church teaches we are saved by our works: that we can merit entrance into heaven somehow based upon something we do. This is

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Posted in Apologetics, Council of Trent, Merit, Vatican II

Catechism: Prologue

The opening words of the Catechism are from Scripture. “FATHER, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved

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