[Milton-L] apostasy and apology

Fr M J (Mike) Logsdon mjl at ix.netcom.com
Sun Dec 30 02:53:14 EST 2007

J D Fleming has made my religious slip into an interesting question,
thankfully.  I have very little to add (I think), except to remind all
and sundry what the real Roman doctrine actually states.  Beyond that, I
have very little to offer, except in clarification.

Rome then and now teaches there is only one Church, founded by Christ,
and all Christians are members of it.  What is a Christian?  Someone who
follows Christ and accepts his teaching (a little hairy when it comes to 
the Mormons and J Dubyas, but the concept is there).  So, Milton, by 
default, was a Roman Catholic, merely "in error".  Not so weird, when 
you consider that anyone not under Rome is "Roman Catholic, merely in 
error".  Milton, the average flaming Pentecostal, etc -- all Roman 
Catholic, just "in error".

Moral?  Rome gets a very bad rap.  True, there's no salvation outside 
the Church, but as the Church She is pretty generous as to what 
constitutes "membership".  Ie, if you're a Christian, you're a member. 
Granted, you'll spend an extended time in purgatory, but you're still 
"in".  And then there's those who are "invincibly ignorant" (ie, members 
of other religions) who don't know any better.  Basically, any good 
heart is taken in, no matter what.  Some serious purgatorial cleansing, 
yes, but still quite the deal.

Roman Catholicism, basically, ain't all that exclusionary, once one 
studies the doctrine.

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