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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 3 :t Salvation for those who don't know Christ? By FATHER JOHN DIETZEN Catholic News Service gather each week to read One member recently quoted said, "I am the way and the truth and 4:12 ("There is no salvation Jesus) as proving no one you say? We find it hard to believe good people will never enjoy (Wisconsin) teaching, and all Christian tra- totally with those words, of course. We the Lord of the world-and of all has revealed to us all he can of Jesus and that all salvation is not at all the same as saying only through a personal, conscious in Jesus as savior. itself tells us otherwise. The first Letter to Timothy echoes other statements of our Lord and the apostles when it says God "wills every- one to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth," and that this happens through the one media- tor, "Christ Jesus, himself human" (1 Tm 1:4-5). On the other hand, as Paul tells us often and in many ways, salvation is impossible without faith. If both of those statements are true, then there must be other ways to faith, through Christ, but with- out explicit, conscious faith in him. To put it another way, if faith is a pure, unmerited gift of God and God's will is that all people be saved through faith, then he must have other ways of bring- ing human beings to faith and salvation, ways we do not know. Pope JohnPaul II, in his remarkable book "Cross- ing the Threshold of Hope," notes that "God the Cre- ator wants to save all humankind in Jesus Christ." This salvation, however, is not worked out in neat patterns knowable and clear to us. Speaking especially of the non-Christian religions and cultures of the Far East, the pope declares that Christ came into the world also for all these peoples, and redeemed them all. Yet, our Lord "has his own ways of reaching them" he said. "Many accept him, and many more have an implicit faith in him" (Pages 81-83). In saying this, the pope embraces the many good people you mention, the vast majority of the human race who, even to this day, know almost nothing of Jesus or the Gospels. It is of these the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks. "Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience -- those too may achieve eternal salvation" (No. 847). In other words, God's grace is guiding and saving those who sincerely and conscientiously live good lives but who have, for whatever mason, honestly never seen faith in Jesus Christ as a personal religious obligation. A free brochure on ecumenism, includhtg questions on intercommunion and other ways of sharing worship with people of other faiths, is available by sending a stamped self-addressed enwqope to Father John Dietzen, Box 325, Peoria, Ill. 61651. Questions may be nt to Father Dietzen at the same address. at St. John Vianney !seminarians from the Diocese of Evansville named tothe Dean's List at St. John Vian- ul, Minn. B. Gries, Ralph Propes and Alex Propes are in the second year of Col- is completing his first year. ceremonies at St. Meinrad College will hold its final com- in St. Bede Theater, Saturday, p.m. Fifteen bachelor's degrees will be college is being closed. School of Theology will hold its grad- at St. Bede Theater, Thursday, May School of Theology is continuing. employees nominated Hospital and Health Care Center nominated by their colleagues Little Company of Mary Award, a pres- named for the Sisters of the Little which owns and operates the Jasper. are Penny Burleson, Medical DeVillez, Post Surgical Services; Medical Services; Patty Russell, Care, and Jane Schaeffer, Post Sur- The award recipient will be announced at the Employee Awards Dinner, May 14. CPC helps Catholic Charities Contributions to the Catholic Parishes Campaign help Catholic Charities to serve the people of south- western Indiana: providing assistance to people in personal and financial crisis; providing counseling support to many parochial schools, with outreach to schools in the Evansville, Jasper, Washington, Vincennes and Princeton areas; providing pregnancy counseling and tangible assistance to pregnant single mothers to help them plan properly for themselves and their babies; providing marriage preparation programs to help couples have successful marriages; providing travel assistance to low income par- ents whose children need specialized medical treat- ment at a distance fro.m their homes. providing professional counseling at a low cost to married couples, families and individuals who could not otherwise afford the service. Book signings scheduled Book signings for The Steward's Way, recently pub- lished by Sheed and Ward, have been scheduled at Cornerstone Catholic Books and Gifts, 4671 Bayard Park Drive, Evansville, Thursday, May 14, from 4 to DIS COUNTY BANK I.BER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC FIVE STAR SERVICE BANK II I I Ii I I Better Safe Titan Sorry! Large So/octioa    v 00sAFECO.,,0000 Green Pver & Vogel Rd,, EvanswBe, IN 800-838-0808 497-8660 Insured and Residential h P.O, Box 405 aubstadl IN 47639 1-800'-766.2787 I I of Liturgical Ministries Parish, Jasper, IN, a vibrant 900+ family a dynamic; talented liturgist to coordinate to recruit and train liturgical ministers as as choir director. The candidate should a Bachelor's degree in music or and be comfortable working with the ministers. Send rsum6 Committee, Holy Family Pads#t, 950 IN 47546 r I I ii I II Dr. Jane A. Hormuth Chiropractic Physician 474-0704 Hormuth Chiropractic IIc. 1111 S Green River Rd., Suite t04 I I I III ii I III . 7:30 p.m., and at BookNation, 677 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Steward's Way was written by C. Justin Clements, director of the Office of Stewardship and Development, Diocese of Evansville. The book about Christian stewardship includes 50 articles and essays, many of which were originally pub- lished in the Message. Copies will be available at both locations, or by calling (800) 33,3-7373 for catalogue number LL2011, Price, $13.95 plus $3 postage and handling. Stand for Children April 26 The Stand For Children of Southern Indiana pub- lic event will be held on the Evansville river front, Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is intend- ed to raise public awareness, and to coordinate and bring together groups serving children. For information, contact Paul Farmer (812) 421- 0030, or visit the web site at Walk for New Life May 3 The Evansville Christian Life Center's 5K Walk for New Life will begin at the Evansville Crisis Pregnancy Center, 3700 Bellemeade Avenue, Evans- ville, on Sunday May 3, at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Proceeds wiU benefit the Evansville Christian Life Center's Crisis Pregnancy Center and Grace House. For information, contact Kim Miller (812) 423-9222. I II i I ii I II II iii J IIIIIt lull ] I I I I COMPLETE INSURANCESERVICE Auto! Home! Fire& Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 i i i i I J II I I II I I I III I I I i iiii I1,1 I I I I II I IIII IIIIll I I . _. I III1 Certied Public Accountant II2W, 5th St., Jasper \\; TRUCK AND TRAILER SALES 1OOOO STATE HrY 57 * EVANSVILLE, IN 4773;2 I I IIIII I I I I I I I I I i i iii i Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald ]. 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