Bishop Robert Barron Has Misled Ben Shapiro

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Ben Shapiro recently had Bishop Robert Barron on his show. You can watch the full interview here. I want to draw our attention to one very specific question posed to the Bishop.

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Shapiro : “I’m a Jew. I follow the Law. Can I go to Heaven”?

Barron: “Yes…the Catholic view…go back to the 2nd Vatican Council says it very clearly….I mean Christ is the privileged route to salvation…that is the privileged route….However, Vatican II clearly teaches that someone outside the explicitly Christian faith can be saved….it might be received according to your conscience….Now that doesn’t conduce to a complete relativism…We would still say the privileged route and the route that God has offered to humanity is the route of His Son…but no, you can be saved..uh…even Vatican II says that an Atheist of good will can be saved…..because in following his conscience…John Henry Newman said the conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ in the soul…it is in fact the voice of Christ…when I follow my conscience, I’m following Him..whether I know it explicitly or not…so even the atheist of good will can be saved”. Continue reading

Dissecting the “New Paradigm” of Pope Francis

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Cardinal Wuerl and Cardinal Schonborn as they leave the opening session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 5, 2015 (CNS/Paul Haring)

 

Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, in his recent article entitled “History, unchanging Truth, and Vatican II” at the Catholic World Report, takes on a difficult task  in attempting to relate together the absolute truth of Christian revelation and its transmission through the medium of changeable and historically-conditioned human expressions (i.e. doctrinal formulations within a certain social and historical context). Dr. Ed puts his finger on the right target by situating the veracity of the 2nd Vatican Council, at least partly, on whether we can maintain the enduring validity of the doctrinal content of the Church’s past doctrinal formulations while at the same time acknowledging the changeability in their contextualized framing.

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Where Did All The Nice Come From?

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St. Nicholas of Myra slapping Arius – (legend) of the Council of Nicaea 325

As I am working through the many preserved writings of the ancient and early Church on various theological and disciplinary disputes, such as the back-and-forth on the Nestorian controversy, the Monophysite controversy, or even the early dispute over which date to celebrate Pascha, I could not help but to be struck, from watching this brief interview of Bishop Robert Barron, by the stark difference in language from these ancient Saints and Doctors and the modern intellectuals of the Church when it comes to diversity in the Church. The men of old had strong, vivid, and what seems overly-presumptuous language which calls others out to stand condemned. Today, we are more worried about not stepping on anyone’s toes.

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A Reasonable Hope That All Mankind Will Go To Heaven?

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It is unfortunate that people officially qualified to speak are not silencing clerics who espouse dangerous speculations which confuse people, and lead them away from knowing the clarity of the gospel. I am sorry that I need to speak so forcefully to this, but we have a deafening silence not just from those who hold the keys of the kingdom, but from the theologians who ought to know better. I here offer a challenge to a growing belief in our day which says that we can have a reasonable hope that all mankind is ultimately going to be redeemed and glorified in the blessed eschaton. The challenge I give is very simple, since it consists in a mere appeal to the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. In turn, I also open myself to be challenged on this, since if I am wrong, I’d like to know I’m wrong. If all of us are out to serve and know the Truth, then putting ourselves out there to proclaim the Truth and/or receive correction so that we might thereafter know the Truth is the modus operandi.

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