Have y'all been following it?
Fr. Barron has kicked up a dust storm with this piece.
Wait a minute...What?!
I'm a huge fan of Fr. Barron's, but I'm not sure this treatise adequately defines Catholic theology on salvation.
Perhaps I misunderstand him, but Fr. Barron's piece seems to convey the idea that Christ's Incarnation, Sacrifice and Death which purchased the Institution of the Catholic Church, was a salvific covenant with every cat in town.
It gives the impression that unrepentant sinners and pagans are a branch on His Vine.
I don't understand why Fr. Barron would even attempt to speculate what the word 'many' means.
Whatever number has been faithful during the 2000 years of generations of Catholics, there are a lot of us. The word many applies. It is a number to rejoice over. But many does not translate to most and it definitely doesn't mean all.
Christ does not give pearls to the swine nor food to the dogs. During His entire ministry. He repeatedly tells the gentiles that they are unworthy and excluded. Unless, of course, they profess their faith in Him. He makes the gentiles publicly declare their faith before He performs a miracle to avoid the confusion and scandal that all would be fed His Truth, given His Substance of His Divinity and salvation.
As usual, Voris clarifies some of the content beautifully, here.
If a particular protestant is admitted into Heaven, it is despite it. And, the same goes for buddists, muslims and all the rest.
There is no doubt, as it is Church teaching, that Mercy will be granted to particular people within a group who are exiled, depending upon their circumstances.
They were in the middle of a desert, without the means to hear and know the Truth. They were low IQ and not capable of understanding, processing the spoken and written word. Victims of other people, who are in so much pain - they were irrevocably scandalized. They were martyred for their Christianity.
Pedophiles, murderers, cannibals and pagans can be saved.
But we don't author a piece implying they can go right on doing what they're doing because Christ's Mercy will greet them and escort them to Paradise.