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God has given everyone grace for salvation

PASTOR Jim Armour (Write Back, October 2) is correct in stating that the Catholic Church teaches she is the true Church founded by Christ.

He is incorrect in claiming the Church believes "salvation cannot be found outside that Church".

This is a common anti-Catholic false assertion and it flies in the face of the easily discoverable facts. The Catholic Church believes that "God wills all people to be saved and come to knowledge of the Truth" (I Tim 2:4) and that God gives everyone sufficient grace for salvation.

The crux is whether or not a person cooperates with that grace. You can be born into a Protestant Church and, by responding to God's grace in this life, be saved and go to Heaven. This has been taught by the Catholic Church since the beginning.

FR PATRICK McCAFFERTY

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