God's Catholic Dogma
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1.   The Original Sin of Adam closed Heaven for all men (sanctifying grace was lost) ... Hell became the only possible destination for the immortal souls of men.
2.   God re-opened Heaven by founding the Catholic Church and re-introducing sanctifying grace to men's souls ... the same grace which Adam and Eve had lost.

                          We are currently in the Great Apostasy (world-wide rejection of God's Catholic Dogma), these warnings apply:
3.   Warning 1:  A non-Catholic anti-Christ cult (the vatican-2 heretic cult) took over all Catholic properties on 8 Dec 1965 ("v-2 council" close date).        [Section 12, 13]
4.   Warning 2:  No one Ordained those that you think are Priests ... all Bishops of the "v-2 council" were automatically excommunicated on 8 Dec 1965.     [Section 13.2]
5.   Warning 3:  Your fake "priests" turned you into heretics ... the stage shows are not Mass ... participation in the vatican-2 heresy excommunicates.    [Section 13.2.2]
6.   Warning 4:  Top level view ... why there is not a single Catholic Bishop or Priest in the world. God's Catholic Church is devastatingly small in numbers. [Section 13.6]
                          All vatican-2-ists:  You are excommunicated from the Catholic Church.  You must Abjure your heresy.  * * Click * * >  Section 40

7.    One can still be Catholic and get to Heaven with a proper baptism in water [Section 7] ... believing the Dogmas ... and keeping free from mortal sin.    [Section 10.1]
8.    All grace, both actual and sanctifying grace, starts with God and comes into the world ... by way of the Blessed Virgin ... as Jesus Christ Himself did.  [Section 4, 4.4]
9a.  The Old Testament Israelite religion was the Catholic Faith unfulfilled ... the "judaism" fable started about 200 B.C.  Jesus Christ was not a jew.  [Section 39.1, 39.4]
9b.  The "koran" is wrong ... Mohammed was not a prophet ... "allah" does not exist.  The so called "allah god" makes countless errors in the "koran".        [Section 113]
10.  All baptized heretics are excommunicated from Christianity and headed for Hell ... with the world's pagans (those not properly baptized in water).     [Section 7.2, 8]

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Against the "Ignorance Saves" heresy ...
Ignorance of the Catholic eternal realities is not a loophole by which non-Catholics can get to Heaven.
Ignorance (ignoring, not knowing) the Catholic Dogma sends you into Hell.

Catholic writing of 1 Corinthians 7:17 >
"But as the Lord hath distributed to everyone, as God hath called everyone, so let him walk."

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Jeremias 23:24
"Shall a man be hid in secret places, and I not see him, saith the Lord ?  Do not I fill Heaven and earth, saith the Lord ?"

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Ecclesiasticus 24:44
"For I make doctrine to shine forth to all as the morning light."

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This section, addressing the fact that Ignorance causes eternal damnation, includes:
Sub-part A:   The "natives on desert islands" who die as un-baptized pagans are lost to eternal life
Sub-part B:   The Catholic God enlightens further ... all men of good will ... by Divine providence
Sub-part C:   Ignorance has only itself to blame for all of eternity in Hell

A short review of the Dogma (before the sub-parts), that God grants
the graces sufficient to save your soul ... to all persons:

Catholic De Fide Dogma, Section V, God the Sanctifier, Dogma 14 >
"The human will remains free under the influence of efficacious grace, which is not irresistible."

Catholic De Fide Dogma, Section V, God the Sanctifier, Dogma 15 >
"There is grace which is truly sufficient and yet remains inefficacious."

Note: God does provide the graces sufficient to get to Heaven in the way He prescribed … the Catholic Faith.

Catholic De Fide Dogma, Section V, God the Sanctifier, Dogma 17 >
"The sinner can and must prepare himself by the help of actual grace for the reception of the grace by which he is justified."

Note: The sinner (heretic, apostate, etc.) is getting the actual graces needed to get to a justified state. There are two types of grace, actual grace and sanctifying grace. Actual grace influences the person to enter into the Catholic Church through water baptism. Sanctifying grace is grace from the sacraments (in our time we have only water baptism and marriage as available sacraments). The soul is placed into a state of justification by water baptism and believing the Catholic Dogmas (post age of reason (7 years)). The person will stay in the justified state (justified before God) unless there is a fall into mortal sin. If he dies in a justified state and has done works to merit Heaven, God will bring him into Heaven. There is no such thing as a heretic being in the justified state because heresy is a mortal sin against the First Commandment, a sin against faith. There is no such thing as an un-baptized pagan being in a justified state. Justification is not salvation, salvation is getting to Heaven.

Catholic De Fide Dogma, Section V, God the Sanctifier, Dogma 23 >
"The three Divine or theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity are infused with sanctifying grace."

Note: After the person is placed into a justified state, he receives further assistance to save his soul. The human soul is saved by three things (1) Faith, (2) Grace, and (3) Works. If one doesn’t lose the faith through heresy, and cooperates with grace to do good works to merit Heaven he can be saved (brought into Heaven). Sections 28 and 29 of this website address the requirement of good works, and works worthy of penance (for sins committed) to get to Heaven.

Council of Florence, Session 8, Pope Eugene IV, 22 Nov 1439 -- Ex-Cathedra Dogma >
"Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly."

Pope Pius X, Acerbo Nimis, 15 April 1905, Paragraphs 2, 26 >
"And so Our Predecessor, Benedict XIV, had just cause to write: 'We declare that a great number of those who are condemned to eternal punishment suffer that everlasting calamity because of ignorance of those mysteries of faith which must be known and believed in order to be numbered among the elect.' (...) These truths, indeed, far surpass the natural understanding of the people, yet must be known by all - the uneducated and the cultured - in order that they may arrive at eternal happiness."

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The "natives on desert islands" who die as un-baptized pagans are lost to eternal life

Catholic writing of 1 Saint John 5:12
"He who does not have the Son does not have life."

Note: This part does not intend to imply that God does not reach such people with actual grace,
He does, as is shown in Part 2 of this Section and in Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 of this site.

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Catholic writing of Saint John 14:6 >
"Jesus saith: I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father but by Me."

Catholic writing of 2 Saint Peter 2:12 >
"But these men, like irrational beasts, tending to destruction by nature, blaspheming those things they do not know, shall perish in their corruption."

Catholic writing of 1 Corinthians 7:17 >
"But as the Lord hath distributed to everyone, as God hath called everyone, so let him walk."

Pope Paul III, 1534-1549 A.D. >
"No one may attain eternal life except through faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ."   Reference 1

Catholic writing of Saint John 15:5 >
"Without Me, you can do nothing."

Saint Ambrose, Doctor of the Church, died 397 A.D. >
"No one comes to grace except him who knows the Law."   Reference 2

Saint Caesarius of Arles, died 543 A.D. >
"We must first know what is just before we can do what is just."   Reference 3

Pope Saint Pius V, 1566-1572 A.D. >
"It is error to believe that, in the promise made to the first man, there is enshrined the basis of natural justice whereby eternal life is promised for good works without any further qualification."   Reference 4

Pope Pius X, 1903-1914 A.D. >
"Acts which spring from natural goodness have only the appearance of virtue; they cannot last of themselves nor can they merit salvation."   Reference 5

Pope Gregory XVI, 1831-1846 A.D. >
"No matter how praiseworthy his actions might seem, he who is separated from the Catholic Church will never enjoy eternal life."   Reference 6

Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, died 430 A.D. >
"Enemies of grace offer us examples of ungodly men who, although without the faith, abound in virtues where there is only the good of nature without the aid of grace. God forbid that there be true virtues in anyone unless he be just; and God forbid that he be truly just unless he live by the faith. All that is not of faith is sin. Where there is no knowledge of the eternal and unchangeable truth, virtue is false even in the best morality. The fact that a wicked man performs some good works does not mean that such works avail toward his eternal salvation."   Reference 7

Council of Trent, Session 6, Canons on Justification, Canon 1, 1547 A.D. >
"If any one saith, that man may be justified before God by his own works, whether done through the teaching of human nature, or that of the law, without the grace of God through Jesus Christ; let him be anathema."   Reference 8

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Wisdom 14:8, 22-27 >
"The idol made by hands is accursed, as well as him who made it. It was not enough for them to err about the knowledge of God but, whereas they lived in a great war of ignorance, they sacrifice their own children, so that they keep neither life nor marriage undefiled. For the worship of abominable idols is the cause, and the beginning, and the end of all evil."

Saint Wulfran, died 720 A.D. >
"Hell is the portion of all who die guilty of idolatry."   Reference 9

Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, died 430 A.D. >
"These unbelievers will be punished more tolerably because in some way they did naturally the things of the Law, having the work of the Law written in their hearts. But even in this they were sinners because, being men without the faith, they did not refer their works to that End to which they ought to have referred them."   Reference 10

John de Brebeuf, died 1649 A.D. >
"O God! Why art Thou not known? Why is this barbarous country not all converted to Thee? The savages once had some more-than-natural knowledge of the true God; but, being unwilling to revere God in their manners and actions, they lost the thought of Him, and they have become worse than beasts in His sight."   Reference 11

Catholic writing of Ephesians 4:18 >
"Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts."

References for this section:

1. Paul III: "Sublimis Deus," RCH vol.I, p.625, col.1
2. Ambrose: TGC vol.IV, p.335
3. Caesarius: SERMONS, ed. Germain Morin, PL 39; CORPUS CHRISTIANORUM
4. Pius V: "Errors of Du Bay," no.5, DNZ:1005
5. Pius X: "Editae Saepe," PTC:729
6. Gregory XVI: "Summo Jugiter," PTC:158
7. Augustine: "Against Julian the Pelagian," ch.4:3 and "The Spirit and the Letter, to Marcellinus," ch.27:48, PL 44; "Retractions," II:63 and 88, cf. JUR vol.III:1902, 1903, and 1733
8. Trent: "On Justification," Canon 1, DNZ:811
9. Wulfran: LOS vol.I, p.385, col.2
10. Augustine: "Quaestion. Evangel.," Bk.I:3, TGC vol.II, p.92
11. John: SAINT AMONG THE HURONS, Fr. Francis Xavier Talbot, SJ, Garden City, NY: Image, 1956, pp.271, 78-79

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The Catholic God enlightens further ... all men of good will ... by Divine providence

Catholic writing of Saint John 18:37
"Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

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Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of 1 Paralipomenon 28:9 >
"For the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the thoughts of minds. If thou seek Him, thou shalt find Him: but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever."

Catholic writing of Romans 10:13-14, 18 >
"For, whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How, then, shall they call upon Him in Whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? Verily, their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world."

Catholic writing of 1 Corinthians 7:17 >
"But as the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called every one, so let him walk."

Saint Athanasius, Doctor of the Church, died 373 A.D. >
"Christ has come and enlightened absolutely everyone with His light. All parts of the world in every direction are illuminated by His teaching."   Reference 1

Saint Eusebius of Caesaria, died 339 A.D. >
"The Savior prophesied that His doctrine would be preached over the whole world, wherever man has existed, as a testimony to all nations. His Gospel has filled every country on which the sun shines; it has traversed every nation."   Reference 2

Maximilian Marie Kolbe, died 1941 A.D. >
"The grace of God accompanies man from the womb to the tomb. We receive from God at every moment all that is necessary for us in the natural and supernatural order."   Reference 3

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, died 1274 A.D. >
"Consequently, should someone put forward the case of a person who is brought up, for example, even among savages in the woods, it must most certainly be held that God would reveal to him what is necessary to be believed; even to direct some preacher of the faith to him, just as He sent Peter to Cornelius."   Reference 4

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Ecclesiasticus 24:44-47 >
"For I make doctrine to shine forth to all as the morning light, and I will declare it afar off. (...) See ye that I have not laboured for Myself only, but for all that seek out the truth."

Catholic writing of Saint John 1:9 >
"This is the True Light, that enlightens every man who comes into this world."

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Ecclesiasticus 15:19 >
"For the wisdom of God is great, and He is strong in power, seeing all men without ceasing."

Pope Pius IX, 1846-1878 A.D. >
"This faith of ours has pervaded the entire earth by land and by sea, from the rising to the setting of the sun. This faith has illuminated with the light of divine knowledge all peoples, all races, all nations, howsoever barbarous they might be."   Reference 5

Saint Eusebius of Caesaria, died 339 A.D. >
"The Catholic Church is settled in every place and in every country and in every city, established throughout the universe: in all nations, all cities, all villages, and in all places, filling the whole world."   Reference 6

Saint Cyprian, died 258 A.D. >
"No one can escape the eye of God. He sees the heart of every single person. He regards the minds of all men and the wishes conceived even in the hidden recesses of the heart."   Reference 7

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Jeremias 23:24 >
"Shall a man be hidden in secret places, and I not see him saith the Lord ?  Do I not fill Heaven and earth, saith the Lord ?"

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, died 1274 A.D. >
"Even at the time of the Apostles, the Gospel was preached throughout the entire world."   Reference 8

Catholic writing of Colossians 1:5-6, 23 >
"The Gospel has come unto you as unto the whole world; the Gospel is preached in all creation under heaven."

Catholic writing of Saint John 7:17 and 14:21 >
"If any man do the will of Him; he shall know of the doctrine."
"He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them; he it is that loveth Me. And he that loveth Me, shall be loved of My Father: and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him."

Saint John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, died 407 A.D. >
"Lest anyone say: "What about those who do not believe in Jesus Christ?" listen to what He adds: "I know Mine, and Mine know Me" (Saint John 10:14).   Reference 9

Saint Teresa of Avila, died 1582 A.D. >
"Everyone who wishes may find Thee, O Lord; but he who asks not, receives not."   Reference 10

Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church, died 1787 A.D. >
"God, therefore, has imposed on us a law which our strength is unable to observe, so that we may have recourse to Him and, by prayer, obtain the strength to fulfill it. Prayer, the asking for graces, is necessary as a means without which salvation is absolutely impossible on the part of everyone who has attained the use of reason."   Reference 11

Note: Praying to an entity which is not the Catholic God is of no use because you would be "praying" to an idol. See Section 32 of this website.

References for this section:

1. Athanasius: Cf. "On the Incarnation of the Word," PG 25:95
2. Eusebius: "Preparation for the Gospel," FOC cf. p.215-216; PG 21:21; GCW XL, pt.1, Berlin: 1954; cf. also "Comment. on Ps. 17," and "On the Resurrect.," Bk.II; LAF vol.IV, p.496
3. Maximilian Mary: MMN p.77-78
4. Thomas: "On the Truth of the Catholic Faith", Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955, Q.14, art.11, ad 1; cf. also ST. THOMAE AQUINATIS: OPERA OMNIA, Fiaccadori, Parma, Italy: 1859, vol.IX, p.246
5. Pius IX: PTC
6. Eusebius: "Commentary on Ps. 87," FOC p.271-272; "Commentary on Ps. 86," FOC p.48
7. Cyprian: "Epistle to Pomponius," no.62, FOC p.52; PL 4; CSL vol.III, pt.2
8. Thomas: CA, cf. "On the Gospel of Mark"; SS
9. John: "On John, ch.10," homily LX:1, PG 59:327
10. Teresa: ST. TERESA OF JESUS: Complete Works, Efren de la Madre de Dios and Otger Steggink, 4th ed., Madrid: LIBRARY OF CHRISTIAN AUTHORS, 1974; cf. also TAC
11. Alphonsus Maria: DDP p.261; TRE p.120; GMS p.49; cf. also PGW p.388.

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Ignorance has only itself to blame for all of eternity in Hell

Catholic writing of Saint John 8:47
"He who is of God hears the words of God. Therefore, you hear them not, because you are not of God."

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Pope Innocent II, 1130-1143 A.D. >
"That whatever is done through ignorance must not be considered a sin, is hereby condemned as error."   Reference 1

Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church, died 1787 A.D. >
"It does not suffice to say: "If I had known that such a thing were forbidden by the law of God, I would have conformed." St. Paul, in persecuting Christians, previous to his conversion, did not think that he was committing evil; the same may be said of jews who persecuted and crucified Christ. And yet, Saint Paul and these jews were not innocent and excusable. If they had died in that state, they would never have been saved. Hence, St. Paul, despite the good faith he acted on, acknowledges that he was at that time a blasphemer, and unjust: a persecutor of the Church. If, therefore, a person be ignorant of what is commanded or forbidden because he has not studied the law of God, his ignorance does not excuse him from sin."   Reference 2

Note 1: Saint Alphonsus is correct in using the word "jews" for those who persecuted the Messiah in that these people had left God's covenant with the Israelites. Those who did not persecute Christ remained in God's Isaelite covenant by keeping the faith of the Israelite writings (the writngs of the Catholic Church unfulfilled) and got baptized in water to remit Original Sin -- writings such as:

- Daniel 9:26 > "Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny Him shall not be His"
- Proverbs 30:1 > "Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? ... and what is the name of His Son, if thou knowest?"
- Isaias 7:14 > "The Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel."
- Etc ... See Section 39.1

Note 2: The Church needs a word to identify this particular group of un-baptized pagans (jews) as the Church uses identifiers for other groups of pagans such as the "mohammedans", "hindus", "buddhists", etc.

Note 3: The pagan fable of "judaism" started in about 200 B.C. when a group of Israelites left God's Old Testament covenant and fell into paganism based on the Babylonian talmud -- which was carried out of the Babylonian captivity in 538 B.C.

Saint Bernard, Doctor of the Church, died 1153 A.D. >
"If ignorance is not a sin, then Saul did not sin when he persecuted the Church, because he surely did this in ignorance. Therefore, he should not have said: 'I obtained the mercy of God' (1 Saint Timothy 1:13), but rather 'I received my reward.' "   Reference 3

Saint Prosper of Aquitaine, died 436 A.D. >
"Certainly, God's manifold and ineffable goodness has always provided, and still provides, for all mankind in such a way that not one of the reprobates can find an excuse as though he had been refused the light of truth."   Reference 4

Saint John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, died 407 A.D. >
"But if Christ "enlightens every man who comes into this world" (Saint John 1:9) why have so many remained unenlightened? How then does Christ "enlighten every man"? He does so, as far as in Him lies. For grace is poured out over everyone. It is easily attainable by all. However, if some people, willfully shutting the eyes of their mind, do not wish to receive the light, then their darkness arises from their own wickedness in cutting themselves off from grace. Whoever does not wish to enjoy these gifts may blame himself for his blindness."   Reference 5

Catholic writing of Ephesians 4:22 >
"To put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error."

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Wisdom 2:21 >
"For their own malice blinded them."

Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, died 430 A.D. >
"Those who keep their eyes shut cannot see. God made you without your knowledge, but He does not justify you without your willing it. Refusal to hear the truth leads to sin, and that sin itself is punishment for the preceding sin. Every sinner is inexcusable whether he knows it or not. For ignorance itself, in those who do not want to know, is without doubt a sin; and, in those unable to know, is the penalty of sin. In neither case, then, is there a just excuse, but in both cases there is a just condemnation."   Reference 6

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, died 1274 A.D. >
"It follows that ignorance has the nature of mortal sin on account of either a preceding negligence, or the consequent result; and, for this reason, ignorance is reckoned one of the general causes of sin. All sin proceeds from ignorance."   Reference 7

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Sophonias 1:3, 6 >
"I will destroy men off the face of the earth, saith the Lord ... Those who turn away from following after the Lord, and those who have not sought after the Lord nor searched after Him."

Catholic writing of 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 >
"Those who perish do not receive the love of truth in order that they might be saved. Therefore, God will send them the operation of error, to believe lying, so that all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity."

Saint Teresa of Avila, died 1582 A.D. >
"No one is lost without knowing it, and no one is deceived without wanting to be."   Reference 8

Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church, died 1787 A.D. >
"But why is it that so many men are ignorant, even at this day? This is the reason: "The light has come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than the light" (Saint John 3:19). They have not known Him, and do not know Him, because they do not want to know Him, loving instead the darkness of sin rather than the light of grace."   Reference 9

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, died 1274 A.D. >
"Unbelief has the character of guilt from resisting the faith, rather than from mere absence of the faith."   Reference 10

Venerable Robert Bellarmine, died 1621 A.D. >
"If the Son of God will have all men to be saved, how is it that so many suffer the torments of Hell? I answer in one word: They wish it. He sends preachers of His Gospel to all parts of the world to proclaim: "He who believes, and is baptized, shall be saved." And if any are unwilling to enter on this way, they perish by their own fault and not by the lack of will on the part of the Redeemer. For an hour the perfidious jews exulted over Christ in His sufferings; Judas for an hour enjoyed the price of his avarice; for an hour Pilate gloried that he had regained the friendship of Herod and not lost the friendship of Caesar. But for nearly two thousand years they have all been suffering the torments of Hell, and their cries of despair will be heard for ever and ever."   Reference 11

Frances Xavier Cabrini, died 1917 A.D. >
"Innumerable souls are miserably lost through ignorance of religion, the source of every other calamity."   Reference 12

Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church, died 1787 A.D. >
"If you are ignorant of the truths of the Faith, you are obliged to learn them. (...) Many have no idea of the Most Holy Trinity, the Incarnation, Mortal Sin, Judgment, Paradise, Hell, or Eternity; and this deplorable ignorance damns them."   Reference 13

Pope Pius X, 1903-1914 A.D. >
"Reflect on the ruin of souls wrought by this single cause: ignorance of truths which must be known by all men alike in order that they may attain eternal salvation. This we solemnly affirm: the majority of those condemned to eternal punishment fall into everlasting misfortune through ignorance of the Mysteries of the Faith, which must necessarily be known and believed by all who belong to the Elect."   Reference 14

Pope Pius IX, Qui Pluribus, On Faith and Religion, Paragraph 19, 9 Nov 1846 >
"You must also care for and defend the Catholic faith with episcopal strength and see that the flock entrusted to you stands to the end firm and unmoved in the faith. For unless one preserves the Faith entire and uninjured, he will without doubt perish forever."   Reference 15

Catholic writing of Saint John 17:3 >
"This is eternal life: that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent."

Saint Teresa of Avila, died 1582 A.D. >
"My Jesus, he who does not love Thee proves that he does not know Thee."   Reference 16

Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Doctor of the Church, died 1787 A.D. >
"Poor creature! You do not know God; neither can you love Him."   Reference 17

Blessed Louis Marie de Montfort, died 1716 A.D. >
"Is it possible for a man to love what he does not know?"   Reference 18

Catholic writing of 1 Corinthians 14:38 >
"But if any man know not, he shall not be known."

Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, died 430 A.D. >
"To be unknown by the Lord is to perish."   Reference 19

Catholic writing of Saint Matthew 7:23 >
"I never knew you; depart from Me, you who work iniquity."

Blessed Louis Marie de Montfort, died 1716 A.D. >
"My heart is penetrated with grief when I think of the almost infinite number of souls who are damned for lack of knowing the true God and the Christian religion. The greatest misfortune, O my God, is not to know Thee, and the greatest punishment not to love Thee."   Reference 20

Saint Francis Xavier, died 1552 A.D. >
"Before their Baptism, certain Japanese were greatly troubled by a hateful scruple: that God did not appear merciful, because He had never made Himself known to the Japanese people before, especially that those who had not worshiped God were doomed to everlasting Hell. They grieve over the fate of their departed children, parents, and relatives; so they ask if there is any way to free them by prayer from the eternal misery. And I am obliged to answer: there is absolutely none."   Reference 21

Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, died 430 A.D. >
"The excuse of ignorance is denied those who know the commandments of God, but neither will those who do not know be without punishment. 'For, as many as have sinned outside the law shall also perish outside the law' (Romans 2:12). Without faith in Christ, no man can be delivered; therefore, they will be judged in such a way that they perish. 'The servant who does not know his Lord's will, and who commits things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes; whereas, the servant who knows his Lord's will, shall be beaten with many stripes' (Lk. 12:47-48). Observe here that it is a more serious matter for a man to sin with knowledge than in ignorance. And yet, we must not take refuge on this account to shades of ignorance, to find our excuse therein. Even ignorance which belongs to them who are, as-it-were, simply ignorant does not excuse anyone so as to exempt him from eternal fire, even were his failure to believe the result of not having heard at all what he should believe. It was not said without reason: 'Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations who have not known Thee' (Psalm 78:6), and "He shall come from Heaven in a flame of fire to take vengeance on those who do not know God (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8).' "   Reference 22

Saint Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church, died 1622 A.D. >
"Christ says that not only those who do evil, but likewise those who omit to do the good commanded to be done, shall suffer eternal punishment. You who know, or ought to know, are inexcusable."   Reference 23

Saint Athanasius, Doctor of the Church, died 373 A.D. >
"Do not think that justice consists merely in not doing evil, for not to do good is also evil, and the law may be transgressed in both ways."   Reference 24

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, 1274 A.D. >
"Before a man comes to the age of reason, the lack of years excuses him from mortal sin. But when he begins the use of reason, he is not entirely excused from the guilt of venial or mortal sin. Now, the first thing which occurs to a man at that age is to deliberate concerning himself. And if he then directs himself to the Due end, he will by grace receive the remission of Original Sin; whereas, if he does not, at that time, direct himself to the Due End as far as he is capable of discretion at that age, he sins mortally, by not doing that which is within his power."   Reference 25

Note: Regarding the text "he will by grace receive the remission of Original Sin", Saint Thomas is speaking of the sanctifying grace received by water baptism which alone remits (removes) Original Sin.

Minucius Felix, died c. 300 A.D. >
"The crime of ignoring the Lord is not less than that of offending Him. Ignorance of God is sufficient reason for punishment."   Reference 26

Catholic writing of Romans 1:28, 31, 32 >
"And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense ... without fidelity ... they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them."

Catholic writing of Ecclesiasticus 23:3 >
"Lest my ignorance increase, and my offences be multiplied, and my sins abound."

Catholic writing of Ephesians 5:6 >
"Because of these things, the anger of God comes upon the children of unbelief."

Blessed John Marie Vianney, died 1859 A.D. >
"An ignorant person is like a dying man lying unconscious: he does not know either the malice of sin or the value of his soul. He goes from sin to sin, like a rag dragged through the mire."   Reference 27

Saint Bernard, Doctor of the Church, died 1153 A.D.  >
"Perhaps he who asserts that a person cannot sin through ignorance never prays for his ignorances, but laughs at the prophet who prays: 'O Lord, remember not the sins of my ignorances!' (Psalm 24:7). Perhaps he even reproves God, Who requires satisfaction for the sin of ignorance, for in Leviticus He speaks of 'sin through ignorance'. If ignorance were never a sin, why is it that the High Priest entered the second tabernacle with blood, which he offered 'for his own ignorance and for the ignorance of the people' (Hebrews 9:7)? If one never sins through ignorance, then what do we hold against those who killed the Apostles, since they truly did not know that to kill them was evil but rather thought that they were 'doing a service to God' (Saint John 16:2). Thus, also, Our Savior prayed in vain on the cross for those who crucified Him since, as He Himself testifies, they were ignorant of what they were doing (Lk. 23:34) and thus they did not sin at all! Neither should anyone suspect that the Apostle could have lied when he said: 'For, if they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord' (1 Corinthians 2:8). Is it not sufficiently clear, from these passages, in what great ignorance the man lies who does not know that one can sometimes sin through ignorance?"   Reference 28

Note: Regarding the text "one can sometimes sin through ignorance" should be read "that men sometimes sin knowing they are sinning and the others sin because of their ignorance". And not read to mean: "sometimes they sin who sin in ignorance" because all sin is sin whether it is in ignorance or not. We didn't want to not use this strong quote because of this slight ambiguity.

Saint Justin Martyr, died 165 A.D. >
"Hasten to know, therefore, in what way forgiveness of sins and hope of inheriting the good things which have been promised shall be yours. For there is no way but this: to become acquainted with Christ, to be washed in the fountain prophesied for the remission of sins, and, for the rest, to live sinless lives."   Reference 29

Note: Please see Sections 28 and 29 regarding the requirement to do works of charity to merit Heaven.

References for this section:

1. Innocent II: "Errors of Peter Abelard," no.10, "Testante Apostolo," DNZ:377 and 378
2. Aphonsus Maria: CAS p.xlvi-xlvii
3. Bernard: "Epistle to Hugh of St. Victor, On Baptism," no.77, ch.4, PL 182
4. Prosper: "Call of All Nations," Bk.II, 17:29, PL 51:647, ANCIENT CHRISTIAN WRITERS, NY: Newman Press, 1952; JUR vol.III:2046 and 2047
5. John: "On John," homily VIII:1, JUR vol.II:1158
6. Augustine: "Epistle to Sixtus," JUR vol.III:1454; GMS p.252; Sermon LXIX, JUR vol.III:1515; "Against Julian," V:3, JUR vol.III:1907
7. Thomas: STL I-II, Q.79, art.3 ff. and Q.84, art.4, ad 5; II-II, Q.53, art. 2, ad 2
8. Teresa: HMG p.113
9. Alphonsus Maria: IBI
10. Thomas: STL II-II, Q.10, art.6
11. Robert: THE SEVEN WORDS SPOKEN BY CHRIST ON THE CROSS, Robert Bellarmine, SJ, Westminster, MD: Carroll Press, Thomas Baker, 1933
12. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
13. St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori
14. Pope Pius X
15. Pope Pius IX, Qui Pluribus
16. St. Teresa of Avila
17. Alphonsus Maria: CAW
18. Louis Marie: LOVE OF ETERNAL WISDOM, Bay Shore: Montfort Publications, 1960, p.1
19. Augustine: CA
20. Louis Marie: Cf. op. cit.
21. Francis: SKL p.139
22. Augustine: Cf. "Nature and Grace," PL 44:247
23. Francis: WORKS OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES, Dom Mackey, OSB, Annecy: 1892; CATHOLIC CONTROVERSIES, St. Francis de Sales, Rockford, IL: TAN Books
24. Athanasius: "Discourses Against the Arians," ed. Schaff & Wace, NY: 1886
25. Thomas: STL I-II, Q.89, art.6
26. Minucius Felix: "Epistle to Octavius," ch.35, PL 3:348
27. John Marie: THE CATECHIST, Very Rev. Fr. G. Howe, 10th ed. London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1936, vol.I, p439
28. Bernard: "Epistle to Hugh of St. Victor, On Baptism," no.77, ch.4, PL 182
29. Justin: "Dialogue with Trypho," ch.44; JUR cf. vol.I:135a

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