Are You Saved?

In the “melting pot” known as the United States of America, we've almost all been asked this question at one point or another.  Many Bible Christians believe that they are “saved” because they have made a public acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, often aggressively pursuing Catholics and others out of a genuine concern that they, too, become “saved” according to this formula.  However, those questions are NOT the focal point of this particular presentations - if interested in those questions, check out the talks "Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven" "Faith and Good Works."

Rather, this presentation addresses an ancient teaching of the Catholic Church: "Outside the Church there is no salvation." Often the source of controversy and debate, this teaching raises many troubling questions about the salvation of our loved ones, whether non-Catholic friends, unbaptized babies, or those who do not believe in Jesus Christ.  Some are ready to say they are all in heaven - but in doing so, are sorely lacking in any Scriptural and theological foundation. Others are all too ready to affirm that these individuals cannot be in heaven. Guided by Scripture and the best thinkers in Catholic Tradition, Fr. Sakowski will attempt to provide insightful answers to tough questions:

  • Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus (“outside the Church there is no salvation”) is an ancient doctrine.  What does it really mean? Do Catholics, for their part, believe that all non-Catholics are doomed to eternal damnation?  Do you have to be a visible member of the Catholic Church to be saved?
  • What about babies who die without being baptized, or without ever being able to say that Jesus Christ is their personal Lord and Savior?  Do they go to Heaven? Hell? Limbo?
  • What about non-Catholics and salvation?