Compassion Trumps Outsider’s Understanding of Dogma

Mr. Hemant Mehta, your post seems to presume you know the Catholic teachings better than the Pope. You write:

The Catechism also says the window of Heaven is also open to those “who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart.

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Pope Francis hugs a child named Emanuele at the St. Paul of the Cross parish during a pastoral visit on April 15, 2018.

What about atheists who are aware of Catholic teachings but still reject them? What about people like the boy’s father, who may live in a culturally Catholic society but who has no use for irrational dogma?”

However, the key concept that it appears you are missing is an understanding of Line 847 for, as you state later yourself, that you do not know anything about the father of Emanuele. What you are overlooking is that we do not know whether the revelation of the Good News which Emanuele’s father was presumably received was authentic… someone abused by a representative of the Church, someone in a war zone who sees bombs dropped by Christian soldiers, someone who witnesses a crime committed by a purported believer at a formative age, etc., etc. These are all inauthentic experiences of the Good News which would mean that Heaven would still be open to those “who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart.”

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