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Anonymous Donna wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have recently become aware of paragraph 841 in the Catechism.

Can you please explain what this paragraph from the Catechism means?



  { Can you please explain what paragraph 841 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church means? }

Paul replied:

Dear Donna,

The text you refer to is this:

The Church and non-Christians.

841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."

(Lumen Gentium 16; cf. Nostra Aetate 3)

I understand this to mean that anyone who, through invincible ignorance (no fault of their own), does not know that the fullness of truth and life subsists in the Catholic Church, will be judged on the dictates of their conscience, as it corresponds to the portion of truth they do know.

In the case of Muslims, that includes the faith of Abraham and much of the Old Testament as well as Jesus' Virgin Birth.

For a more comprehensive look at this article read this web page:



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