water and the Spirit, one cannot enter the kingdom of God [Jn 3:5], that is exactly what He meant.All salvation comes from him
And I contend that The Church has also reckoned the same in the past millenniums, for She has not changed that directive but has expanded its meaning, so that Baptism can mean Baptism of blood and Baptism of desire.
The Church does not change the Doctrines of Christ but expounds them to their full meaning.
While in paragraph 79 the ITC would limit the knowledge and power of The Church, it nevertheless waters that declaration down in 82b when it states about Christ:-
and therefore, in some way,
through The Church.
The ITC proclaims that all salvation comes … in some way through The Church!that I should give testimony
Therefore, can it not be said on the ITC's own argument, that The Church has the power of salvation, in some way, to declare what Limbo is and how the souls in Limbo can be saved?
The Church has taken this salvific power in stating that the souls of the just in Limbo at Christ's redemptive Cross, were saved to eternal Life.
The Church has taken this salvific power in stating the existence of Purgatory and how these Holy Souls can be saved to eternal Life. The Church has stated in Her salvific power that the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem were saved.
And I leave the final word - on this point - to the ITC which seems to again support my argument:-
... If an unbaptized infant is incapable of a votum baptismi, then by the same bonds of communion The Church might be able to intercede for the infant and express a votum baptismi on his or her behalf that is effective before God. Moreover, The Church effectively does express in her liturgy just such a votum by the very charity toward all that is renewed in her in every celebration of the Eucharist.
Limbo existed before Christ. The Church has long taught that Limbo has existed since Christ. To suddenly suggest that Limbo no longer exists is intolerable and makes The Church a laughing-stock!
The so very simple solution is that Limbo does exist but that the souls therein have the possibility of Eternal-life - as determined by The Church. This seems the only answer that covers Church history and theological dilemmas.
The Immaculate Conception
On another matter the ITC mentioned - (87c) … unmerited gift to Mary at her Immaculate Conception - which was mooted as a possible parallel - an analogy - of God's salvific Work for infants who die unbaptised.
Now, I would have to take offence at this word unmerited.
As history proves and as The Church declares, and as the ITC agrees, Mary was full of Grace, and therefore not only Immaculate from conception but thereafter, forever.
That seems to me to be merited! Yes, the Grace of The Immaculate Conception was given on the premise that Mary would always be Immaculate; would be the Mother of God, and the fact of the matter is that Mary was Immaculate at conception and WAS immaculate thereafter, forever.
I do not feel at ease with the ITC'c wording unmerited gift.
God had ordained that Mary would be meritorious in every way, and so provided for this through her Immaculate Conception. When the Archangel said Hail full of Grace, he was addressing Mary as the embodiment, as the quintessence, as the epitome of the fullness of Grace, thereby addressing her, in reality, as The Immaculate Conception, the very Image of The Eternal-father, in His Goodness and Purity-of-existence.
I contend that Mary's Immaculate Conception was merited.
Yes, it was through the Infinite Merits of Christ that she was able to be given this Immaculateness, but Mary proved in her life and humility and her stature as Co-redemptrix, as The Woman of Scripture, as The Mother of God, that the Gift was merited.
The Faith Community
I suppose we have now just about accepted this term the faith community which seems to have come out of the defunct modernist era.
It has been proposed by modernists that the faith community is united by 'love' and that remains the proposition according to a recent homily.
However, the meaning of love from the modernist point of view is hard to grasp, but I do not think it has the meaning:- Divine-love.
I think the modernist meaning of love is akin to social justice, where everybody who is an accepted member of the faith community is looked after and the starving and underprivileged groups of the nation and the world are officially recognised as such and supported, financially and politically.
Certainly, it is never proposed that the faith community be united through Truth. The modernist thinking is that Truth is an every-changing or changeable thing and therefore, there is no such thing as Eternal-truth, unchanging and unchangeable.
(Yet this is what The Universal Church is all about - She is the Treasury of Truth.)
Now I contend that what will unite the faith community is Truth. How can a community be united while each person believes a variation of basic things which might change from one day to another?
I believe, for example, in the Real Presence of Christ in The Eucharist while the actions of some around me in the faith community act as if The Real Presence has vanished.
There is no real unity where such a momentous Truth is not shared. At best, one can only have a loose relationship.
Perhaps there is a love shared between us, perhaps shared out of charitable hearts, but real unity, as members of The Mystical Body of Christ, would seem to be imperfect.
Whereas if the basic Catholic Truths are accepted by the faith community, THEN there will be unity - THEN there will be a sharing of Divine-love - THEN will Goodness be observable in all the Faithful.
The faith community, to be truly united, must return to the basics:- there is only one true Church of Christ; there is only one Vicar of Christ; The Church is the depositary of Truth; the Sacraments are absolutely essential to achieve the purposes of Christ's Redemption; devotion to The Virgin Mary and to the Angels and Saints is a must - etc.
18 37 Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world;
to the truth.
Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice. JohnW
It is this Truth that brings unity and from which issues Love shared in the faith community.