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Bro. Peter Dimond
A Novus Ordo group called Pints With Aquinas recently interviewed a novus ordo ‘Benedictine’ named Boniface Hicks. Hicks was asked what will happen to someone who dies as an atheist
That’s an easy answer for a true Catholic. A true Catholic believes and professes that someone who dies not convinced of God’s existence, or without the Catholic faith, will definitely go to Hell.
Not only is it a dogma that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church and without the Catholic faith, but the First Vatican Council defined (based on Romans 1) that God’s existence can be known with certitude by the things that have been made, by the natural light of reason. Thus, atheists are without excuse.
It also anathematized anyone who denies God.
The Catholic Church also professes that those who die without the Catholic faith will without doubt perish in eternity. But instead of professing that only those who die as Catholics can be saved and that a person who dies not even convinced of God’s existence will definitely go to Hell, Hicks (a member of the Vatican II Sect, the prophesied end-times Counter Church) expresses hope for such a person and teaches that the Church is the ordinary means of salvation.
HERETICAL ANSWER FROM PINTS WITH AQUINAS AND "FR." BONIFACE HICKS
That’s heresy. To say that the Church is merely the “ordinary means” is to teach that in extraordinary situations a person could be saved without the Catholic faith. But that’s contrary to Catholic teaching. The dogma of the Church positively excludes all exceptions. It uses language such as “every human creature”, “no one at all”, “none”, to infallibly teach that there is no salvation outside the Church or without the Catholic faith.
There isn’t an extraordinary way to be saved without the Catholic faith. There’s no way at all. That’s the dogma. In fact, I want to quote a pre-Vatican II theologian named Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton. Fenton was actually a liberal who wound up not rejecting Vatican II’s false teaching on the Church. But even he rightly pointed out that to say the Church is the ordinary means of salvation is to deny the dogma. Again, we don’t endorse his views on salvation overall, but he was correct in the following passages.
As even Fenton could see, the idea that the Church is merely the ordinary means of salvation is heresy. It’s also noteworthy that Hicks then quotes Antipope Benedict XVI to teach that doubting God’s truth, and even God’s existence, is a healthy thing. No, it’s not.
Now, we’re not saying that if someone has a passing or a temporary doubt about something that is resisted by one’s superior will that such a person has committed grave sin or heresy. But to pertinaciously deny or doubt a dogma is heresy, and true faith excludes doubt about the dogmas of the Church and obviously about God’s existence. As St. Robert Bellarmine stated about the second condition for justifying faith.
This also pertains to so many Novus Ordo ‘Catholics’ who say things like: “I would become Orthodox or Protestant before a sedevacantist”, or “I wouldn’t become Orthodox or Protestant unless such and such happened.” Those people aren’t real Catholics. A true Catholic is fully convinced of Catholicism and would not even consider abandoning it. A true Catholic knows that the Papacy is true. He knows that the Catholic Church is true, and he would die before denying those truths. However, since those people lack that faith and conviction, God doesn’t grace them with the ability to see what the post-Vatican II apostasy really represents and that the sedevacantist position is true.
The heresies that we’ve refuted from Pints With Aquinas and Hicks reveal that, sadly, they don’t have the true faith. They don’t believe in papal infallibility and the Church’s dogmatic teaching on salvation. We hope for their conversion, but lacking this foundational belief is a primary reason that so many people like them remain in the dark about what has really happened since Vatican II and what the current apostasy in Rome represents. For information about the true Catholic faith and what’s happening now, see our website and material.
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