Before the document on human brotherhood signed by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Bishop Athanasius Schneider says: "It is faith in Christ, and the only valid religion willed by God"

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BEFORE THE DOCUMENT ON HUMAN BROTHERHOOD SIGNED BY THE POPE AND THE Grand Imam of al-Azhar, BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER COMMENTS: «It IS THE FAITH IN CHRIST THE ONLY VALID RELIGION AND WANTED BY GOD "

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No authority on earth, even the supreme authority of the Church, It has the right to dispense any follower of another religion from explicit faith in Jesus Christ, that is, by faith in the Incarnate Son of God and in the only Redeemer of mankind, with the assurance that different religions are like those desired by God himself.

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The 4 February 2019 ad Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) the Supreme Pontiff signed the joint document on human brotherhood with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

The island of Patmos It is pleased to give space to the words of S.It is. Mons. Athanasius Schneider, species in a Church in which the words "dialogue", "comparison", "Includenza" and "host" are now pillars of the ministry today. Imagine if a Catholic magazine such as ours ometterebbe to "includenza" and "reception" before the words of a bishop of the Catholic Church, which, moreover, It exerts prerogatives which makes up two of the main pillars of the present pastoral: "dialogue" and "comparison". And Bishop Athanasius Schneider talks and compares the document on human brotherhood signed by the Supreme Pontiff with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar [See the official text of the document, WHO].

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Before leaving his words space, to tell the truth and above all of that objective truth which as such is not subject to easy refutation, we observe that while the Roman Pontiff is the Catholic Church in its unitary structure of which he, by divine mandate, Cape institution is supreme to that office by Christ God [cf. Mt 16, 13-20; LC 22, 32], Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on the contrary it is not the Islamic world as a unitary structure, which it is not the equivalent Supreme Pontiff, but only a small part, among other minority and anything but well accepted in much of the Islamic totality, which remains in itself structurally fragmented and divided into a varied and disunited team of numerous currents.

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Here therefore arise our question, to which we are unfortunately not able to answer: the Supreme Pontiff, supreme custodian of unity and supreme head of the Catholic Church, he accidentally signed a document with a minority member of the diverse and fragmented Islamic world divided into several groups, many of whom do not talk with each other even, others are with each other in tough fight?

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From the island of Patmos, 8 February 2019

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S. AND. Mons. Athanasius Schneider

The truth of the divine sonship in Christ It is inherently supernatural It is the synthesis of all revelation Divine. The Divine filiation is always a free gift of grace, the most sublime gift of God to humanity. This gift, however, obtained only through personal faith in Christ and receiving baptism, as he taught the Lord Himself:

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"In truth, verily, I say unto you, unless one is born of water and Spirit, He can not enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said to you: You must be born from above " (John. 3, 5-7).

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In past decades often felt - even from the lips of some representatives of the Church hierarchy - statements on the theory of "anonymous Christians". This theory says the following: the Church's mission in the world would ultimately raise the awareness that all people should have of their salvation in Christ and consequently of their filiation Divine. because, according to this same theory, already they would possess every human being divine filiation in the depths of his own person. However, such a theory directly contradicts Divine Revelation, as taught Christ and His Apostles and the Church they have always transmitted for two one thousand years without change and without a doubt.

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In his essay The Church of the Jews and Gentiles [The Church of Jews and Gentiles] Erik Peterson, the known converted and exegete, since 1933 He warned of the danger of such a theory, when he said, you can not reduce being a Christian [Christian] natural order, in which the fruits of redemption, by Jesus Christ, They would generally be recognized in every human being as a kind of inheritance, only because he would share the human nature with the Word incarnate. However, Divine sonship is not an automatic result, guaranteed through membership in the human race.

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Sant'Atanasio [cf. Against Arianoa (II), 59] He left us a simple, yet precise explanation of the difference between the natural state of men as creatures of God and the glory of being children of God in Christ. Sant'Atanasio It develops its thought starting from the words of the Holy Gospel according to John, who says:

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"He gave power to become children of God to those who believe in His name, which, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but by God himself " [John. 1, 12-13].

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John uses the expression "were created" to say that man becomes a child of God not by nature but by adoption. This fact demonstrates the love of God, because the One who is their creator then becomes by grace also their Father. This happens, as the Apostle says, when men receive in their hearts the Spirit of the Incarnate Son, screaming in their: «Abba, Father!». Sant'Atanasio continues in his reflection saying: As men created beings can become children of God only through faith and baptism, receiving the Spirit of the true and natural Son of God. Precisely for this reason the Word became flesh, to make them capable of filial adoption and participation in the Divine nature. As a result, by nature God, in the strict sense, It is not the Father of human beings. Only he who accepts Christ consciously and is baptized, He will be able to shout in truth: «Abba, Father!» [RM 8, 15; Maybe. 4, 6].

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From the beginning of the Church there was the assertion, as evidenced by Tertullian: "One is not born a Christian, one becomes a Christian " [Apol., 18, 5]. And St. Cyprian formulated with known certainty that truth, saying:

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"He can not have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother ' [united., 6].

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The most urgent task of the Church to this day it is to take care of the spiritual and the spiritual climate migration climate change, namely that the climate of Non-faith in Jesus Christ and the climate of rejection of the kingship of Christ will turn into a climate of explicit faith in Jesus Christ and acceptance of his kingship, and that men may migrate from the misery of spiritual bondage of Non-faith the joy of being children of God and the life in sin migrate in the state of sanctifying grace. These are the migrants of which we must urgently take care.

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Christianity is the only religion willed by God. Therefore, Christianity can never be put in a complementary way alongside other religions. Those who supported the thesis that God would want the diversity of religions, in this case it would violate the truth of Divine Revelation, how it is unmistakably established in the First Commandment of the Decalogue. Conforms to the will of Christ faith in Him and His Divine teaching must replace other religions, yet not strongly, but with a loving persuasion, as it expresses the Lauds hymn of the feast of Christ the King: «He is not; the kingdoms of the disasters,, not by force, the terror of his way of addition:: Raising a deep shaft, Love has lived all» [Not with the sword, the strength and fear He subdues peoples, but exalted in the Cross lovingly he draws all things to Se].

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There is only one way to God: and that is Jesus Christ. Since he himself said: "I am the Way" [GV 14, 6]. There is only one truth, and that is Jesus Christ, for He Himself said,: "I am the Truth" [GV 14, 6]. There is only one truly supernatural life, and that is Jesus Christ, for He Himself said,: "I am the Life" [John. 14, 6].

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The Son of God Incarnate He taught that out of faith in Him there can not be a true religion acceptable to God:

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"I am the door: Whoever enters through me, It shall be saved " [GV 10, 9)].

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God has commanded all men, without exception, to listen to His Son: "This is My beloved Son: listen!» [MC 9, 7]. God did not say: "You can listen to My Son or other founders of religions, for it is My will that there are different religions ". God has commanded not to recognize the legitimacy of the religion of other gods: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" [Is 20, 3] and

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"What fellowship can be between light and darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial, or which collaboration between believer and non-believer? And what agreement between the temple of God and idols?» [2 Color. 6, 14-16].

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If other religions had just paid to the will of God, there would be no condemnation of the Divine religion of the golden calf in the days of Moses [Is 32, 4-20]; then, Christians today may with impunity cultivate the religion of a new golden calf, because all religions would, according to this theory, equally acceptable to God.

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God gave the Apostles and through them to the Church for all time the solemn order to teach all nations and followers of all religions in the one true faith, teaching them to observe all His commandments and Divine baptize [cf. Mt 28, 19-20]. From the beginning of the preaching of the Apostles and the first Pope, St. Peter the Apostle, the Church has always proclaimed that in no other there is salvation, namely, there is no other faith under the sky, in which men can be saved, that in the name and in faith in Jesus Christ [cf. At. 4, 12]. E con the words of St. Augustine Church teaching in all time:

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"Only the Christian religion shows the way open to all for the salvation of the soul. Without it did not save any. This is the royal road, because it alone does not lead to a faltering earthly kingdom for height but an enduring stable kingdom in eternity " [CITY OF GOD, 10, 32, 1].

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The following words of the great Pope Leo XIII bear witness of the same unchanging teaching of the Magisterium in all time, when he stated:

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"The modern religious indifference great error and equality of all religions is the way most opportune to annihilate all religions, namely that the Catholic, only true, senz'enorme injustice can not be put into a beam with the other " [Encyclical The Human race, n. 16].

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In recent times the Magisterium presented substantially the same unchanging teaching in the Document The Lord Jesus Christ [6 August 2000], from which we quote the relevant statements:

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"Often it identifies theological faith, which it is acceptance of the truth revealed by God Triune, and the belief in other religions, which it is religious experience still in search of the absolute truth and still lacking assent to God who reveals himself. This is one of the reasons why it tends to reduce, sometimes up to undo, the differences between Christianity and other religions [n. 7]. Would be contrary to Christian and Catholic faith those proposed solution, prospettassero which a salvific action of God beyond the unique mediation of Christ [n. 14]. Not infrequently in theology it aims to avoid terms like "unique", "universality", "absoluteness", the use of which would give the impression of excessive emphasis on the significance and value of the salvific event of Jesus Christ in relation to other religions. Indeed , This language is simply being faithful to revelation [n. 15]. It would be contrary to the Catholic faith to consider the Church as one way of salvation alongside those constituted by the other religions, which would be complementary to the Church, or substantially equivalent to it, although converging with her toward the eschatological kingdom of God [n. 21]. The truth of faith excludes radical way, that mentality of indifferentism characterized by a religious relativism which leads to the belief that religione a vale the other [John Paul II, Encyclical The mission, 36] [n. 22]».

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The Apostles and countless Christian martyrs of all time, especially those of the first three centuries, is sareberorisparmiati martyrdom if they had told: “The pagan religion and its worship is a way that corresponds to the will of God”. There would be, for instance, Christian France, “the eldest daughter of the Church”, If San Remigio had said to Clovis, King of the Franks: "You do not give up your pagan religion; you can practice together with your pagan religion the religion of Christ ". In fact, the holy bishop spoke differently, although in a rather abrupt: "He loves what you have burned and burn what you have adored!”

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The true universal brotherhood It can exist only in Christ, ie between baptized persons. The full glory of the divine sonship will be achieved only in the beatific vision of God in heaven, as Sacred Scripture teaches:

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"See what love the Father has given us to be called sons of God, and so we are! The reason the world does not know us: because he knew him. dear, we even now we are children of God, but what we will be has not yet been revealed. But we know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him, we shall see him as he is " [1 John. 3, 1-2].

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No authority on earth - even the supreme authority of the Church - has the right to dispense any follower of another religion from explicit faith in Jesus Christ, that is, by faith in the Incarnate Son of God and in the only Redeemer of mankind with the assurance that different religions are like those desired by God himself. Indelebili - as written by the finger of God and crystal clear in its meaning - remain, however, the words of God's Son:

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"Whoever believes in the Son of God is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God " [GV 3, 18].

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This truth was valid until now in all Christian generations and will remain valid until the end of time, regardless of the fact that some people in the Church of our time so unstable, coward, sensationalist and conformist, reinterpret this truth in a way contrary to the tenor of the words, impersonating with what this reinterpretation as continuity in the development of the doctrine.

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Outside the Christian faith, no other religion can be a real journey and willed by God, since this is the express will of God, that all men would believe in His Son:

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"This is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life " [GV 6, 40].

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Outside the Christian faith no other religion is able to convey the true supernatural life:

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"This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and whom you have sent, Jesus Christ" [John. 17, 3].

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+ Athanasius Schneider

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of

Maria Santissima in Astana

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Astana, 8 February 2019

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The text reproduced here was published simultaneously by:

Life Site, Agency Correspondence Romana, Church&Postcouncil, The Pope Francis chronicles, Marco Tosatti Blog

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3 thoughts on "Before the document on human brotherhood signed by the Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Bishop Athanasius Schneider says: "It is faith in Christ, and the only valid religion willed by God"

  1. [in response to Carlone]

    The Bishop Schneider's exact position, but it is likely to be too incomplete for accuracy, in insisting on the character “adopted” of our being children of God. And’ true that you become sons of God in the full sense of the word and true believing in him, in the Father and the Son. And that maybe this clarification is necessitated by the confusion of the times. But, in my opinion, We should say that we are children of God in two ways: as creatures made in his image and likeness, no animal so, but with free will, in view of a superior character progeny; because we believe in God and not reject his paternity, becoming his true children, while those who reject completely even loses its progeny.

  2. Good morning , I think that the document and the Pope's visit to that country have more to do with politics, and that is more to a visit by a Head of State . The document does not approve of all religions as a revealed truth or inspired etc. It is a fact that in that country visited there is a religion that, signed by its representative, says the common rights and natural duties. It can not relate precisely around Islam , because the document does not question the two faiths rivelate.Almeno pare.Non so to me I think to be able to unscrew a light bulb , we must first discuss intor.o to their fedi.Alle sometimes enough reason and maybe this document sets out some’ the Regensburg speech.
    I appreciate and thank you always for your lessons , carlone.

  3. Mons. Schneider very well framed the impossibility that all religions can be equivalent. There is only one true religion and only one way to save. But to me a question naturally arises: What will happen to the physical death of those who believe in Christ through ignorance and not by conscious refusal to believe? You can save?

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