(quote) Roystan-340472 said: http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p123a9p3.htm
Re: 'mere usurpers', Protestants have
the right to be called Christians because the Church says so (818). The Church recognises the validity of their baptisms.
Re: "our side", Muslims and Jews get to be on our side because the
Church says so (839, 841).
The Church says that they too worship the one, true God. To say
that people who seek to be obedient (in their, albeit, imperfect ways) to the
same God of the Catholic Christians are not on the same side as Catholic Christians is about the same as
saying that a native-born Canadian citizen who doesn't know enough to pass the Canadian Citizenship Test
isnt really a Canadian. (Incidentally, is an Anglophone who can't speak French, or a Francophone who can't speak English, really a member of the one, united family of Canada?)
Re: only Christ and his Church have the key to true peace, yes and no. As the
Catechism acknowledges, separations were also caused by faults, at the time of the separations, in members of
the Church Militant who remained in the Catholic Church (817). While Christ and the Church Triumphant are, of course, not to blame for the schisms that have occurred, at least some members of the Church Militant played important roles in letting down the desire of God that all should be one by not using, or by using imperfectly, their copies of the key to true peace.
This 'catechism' is not Doctrine, but contains therein the error of modern Ecumenicalism. Yes, the
error. If we "accept" that the Protestants have the means of salvation, wherein is their motivation to return to the Church? How can they be "Christ-followers" when they deny His holy Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, His holy mother Mary, His representative on earth, etc?
I think a better simile in this case would asking if someone who denies the leadership and rules of a club, and encourages people to stay away from the club can be considered part of the club, just because they like the name and the guy who founded the club.
Holy Mother Church has not always recognized their baptisms, one upon a time and it still happens, Protestant converts to the True Faith are given "conditional" Baptism. Essentially, we do not know if the proper words of Baptism were used, so we redo it to be sure.
Consider St. Thomas Moore and all the English martyr- for what purpose were they murdered if we have a 'small' disagreement with the Anglicans but actually worship the same God? Were their sacrifices for nothing? Or did they have a true understanding of how important the Faith is?