An article on Business Insider by Adam Hochschild: “As Catholics in the United States, we are often faced with a number of questions about the faith.
The one central question is, ‘What does it mean to be a Catholic?’
Catholics are, by and large, not religious people.
We are not a monolithic group; we have no universal faith.
And yet, as Catholics, we have some distinct theological ideas that are shared by all Catholics, as well as some shared experiences of suffering.
And these are all things that Catholics are able to see and learn from, in the midst of the great theological questions we face today.”
The Catholic Church has been at the center of a number social and cultural debates in recent years.
Its teachings, including the belief that the Catholic Church is the body of Christ and that salvation comes through faith in the Resurrection, are the subject of intense debate.
In recent years, Pope Francis has also been criticized for not offering enough concrete guidance for Catholics in seeking to find answers to these complex issues.
In March, the Vatican issued an apology for its previous teachings, saying that the “pastoral guidance” had been based on “a limited number of texts, which were incomplete, ambiguous, and insufficiently precise.”
And a year ago, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the Church would offer a series of “firm statements on the questions of salvation” to the Catholic faithful.
“We cannot, in this age, be in any way distracted from our primary task, which is to proclaim the Gospel, to be the Church of Christ,” the pontiff said at the time.
The church’s statement on the church’s position on the topic of salvation was issued in April 2016.
While it did not include a definitive position, it did include the following words: “We believe that salvation, which the Lord has bestowed on us, can only be obtained by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.”
“The church has always believed that faith is the source of salvation,” Benedict said in a 2016 interview.
“But in recent decades, it has begun to recognize that faith has its own requirements.
It is the gift of faith.”
The Church has also held that faith can only come through an act of will, in which one truly and sincerely commits to a specific belief.
In its statement on salvation, the church stressed that it is a gift, and that its “essential element is the willingness to do an act in faith.”
While the statement did not specifically address the question of what constitutes an act, it said that the sacrament of the Eucharist “is a special means of grace and baptism.”