Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements Christs Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities AS MEANS OF SALVATION, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to Catholic unity. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to Catholic unity. (Page 235, 236)
Again, the claim made here is that salvation comes through the Churches, that being the Catholic Church. They are teaching that if one is not a part of the Catholic Church there is no blessing for them, because Christ only works through the Catholic Church. My friend, many thousands of non-Catholics, including my self have witnessed the blessings of God. I do not have enough time or pages to tell you all the blessings God has bestowed upon me. There have been countless direct answers to my prayers, and answered in a way that God allowed me to know that they were answered as a direct result of my prayers to Him. I had Cancer in 1994, and He healed me. I guess this would be the biggest answer to my prayers, except for my salvation. As a matter of fact, you dont have to be saved to enjoy the benefits and blessings from God. As of today, I dont believe God has started charging anything for the air we breath. Grace come to us from God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, not the Church.
The only one that should have pre-eminence is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is also obvious form this catechism that when they speak of the Church, they are not really speaking of the Church being the body of Christ, but they are speaking of the institution, the Church of Rome.
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