Friday, March 14, 2008

Secretary to the CDF: the Church's mission is the conversion of non-Catholics

Briefing: Archbishop Amato's remarks are salutary in the wake of some confusion caused by the new 'Good Friday' prayers issued by the Pope for the usus antiquior liturgy. The claim that non-Catholics should remain in their errors, since they will be saved by their own religions acting as channels of grace, is contrary to Church teaching, and anyway doesn't make sense. It is never right to tell a person to continue to believe what one knows is false.

From an email: Archbishop Angelo Amato, Secretary, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Vatican in an interview in the Italian daily Avvenire has emphasised the importance of Catholic Mission. He quoted the text from the Council (Ad Gentes 7) which states

All must be incorporated into Him by baptism, and into the Church which is His body. For Christ Himself explicit terms affirmed the necessity of faith and baptism (cf.Mk.16:16; Jn.3:5) and thereby affirmed also the necessity of the Church, for through baptism (cf.Mk.16:16; Jn.3:5) and thereby affirmed also the necessity of the Church, for through baptism as through a door men enter the Church….

He was interviewed at the Salesian University, Rome by Gianni Cardinale (Amato: non c’e Chiesa senza missione, March 8, 2008, Saturday p. 21,Catholica). The Archbishop was asked questions on the document on Evangelization issued by the CDF last year.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen