Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Can Non-Catholics Be Saved?" by Mark P. Shea

Over at, Mark Shea has published a thoughtful essay ("Can Non-Catholics Be Saved?") that deals with, among other things, the relationship between Unam Sanctam and Lumen Gentium. You can read Mark's essay here.

1 comment:

lojahw said...

Mark Shea is to be commended for writing an eirenic and thoughtful article on Unam Sanctam. His argument that the phrase “subject to the Roman Pontiff” is interchangeable with “in communion with the Roman Pontiff,” however, is not convincing. Such a conclusion represents linguistic equivocation, similar to the argument that the Council of Trent’s use of “unanimous consent of the fathers” really means “the general consensus of the fathers.” Such arguments are good examples of special pleading, most likely to impress only Roman Catholics.

In any case, the Canons of the first four Ecumenical Councils stand witness to the regional limitations of the Roman Pontiff’s jurisdiction for at least five centuries. Following the Great East/West schism in the eleventh century, Boniface’s bull was a predictable development in the consolidation of power that Rome has promoted ever since.

On the other hand, many Protestants wonder if Catholics can be saved, having been taught things that appear to represent another Gospel. See my response to “Is the Reformation Over?”

Lover of Jesus and His Word