Infallible teaching

Infallible teaching

Don Ford

Mark Moriarty (September AD2000) protests against John Young's criticism of Catholic parents who delay having their children baptised because they do not consider it important.

Mr Moriarty is quite unjust in accusing John Young of being callous. On the contrary, he has simply stated the Church's infallible teaching and quoted the relevant instructions issued by the Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church does no more than allow the possibility of salvation without baptism. Nor does it say that this possibility (if it ever does happen) would apply to all unbaptised infants.

Mr Moriarty simply jumps to the conclusion that unbaptised children go to heaven, at least if the parents are Catholics who would have wanted the children baptised.

If he is right, he knows more than the Church does. For the Catechism says, ‘The Church does not know of any means other than baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude’ (n. 1257).

Mr Moriarty completely ignores the infallible statements of two Ecumenical Councils, quoted in the article he criticises. He would do well to study those statements and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

DON FORD
Ashfield, NSW

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