Will Many Be Saved?

In 04 Fr. John McCloskey on 2014/01/10 at 12:00 AM

by Ralph Martin – published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012

“Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization,” published by Eerdmans, is an important and intriguing book by Ralph Martin, S.T.D., a lay theologian, professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, consultor to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and author of books on the spiritual life. Many readers will recognize him as an early leader of the Charismatic Renewal in the U.S. Today, he serves as president of Renewal Ministries.

Rarely have I seen a book endorsed by so many cardinals, bishops, Vatican officials and outstanding theologians. And for good reason, as the book considers questions that interest all Christians, given our common mortality: Who will be saved, how many and how? And is there any hope for those who die unbaptized Christians or not in a state of grace?

The following extended quote is drawn from the end of Chapter 16 of the dogmatic constitution of the Church, which came out of the Second Vatican Council. This short passage lies at the heart of Martin’s book; however, I encourage the reader to consult the whole document.

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