Salvation In The Catholic Church

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As I have read different texts throughout this semester, I have begun to question some of the teachings that are held by the Catholic church, and how they apply to me. One question that has stuck out to me in particular is, can someone who is outside the Catholic church, or disagrees with some of the teachings of the Catholic church achieve salvation. I believe that anyone, regardless of your beliefs or awareness of religious tradition, can achieve salvation based primarily on doing good works. I am not making an argument for what salvation is or what it consists of, I am stating that performing good works and helping other people around you out of the goodness of your heart is what helps you achieve salvation. Religion is good in the sense …show more content…
It should not matter what religious group someone belongs to, or what their sexual orientation is, everyone should have the chance to achieve salvation if they act out of the goodness of their hearts and try to make the world a better place. Pope Francis was born in Argentina, and lived through some difficult times and experienced many injustices, like when “a military coup overthrew the government…[and] began targeting left-wing activists (Carroll, 85). Experiences like this led Pope Francis to be inspired by Church doctrine, especially the Gospel of Mark, which shows Jesus caring deeply about the dignity of all people. For a long time, the church has held the position that homosexuality is wrong, and this idea troubled me because if being homosexual makes someone happy then why does the church have the right to judge them and say it is wrong. When asked if he approved of homosexuality, Francis replied, “Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person” (Carroll, 82). What Pope Francis is saying is that God created everyone equally and in his own image, so if God loves all of us, we should treat everyone with respect and not judge someone based on their sexual orientation. Pope Francis, the leader of the entire Catholic church, is claiming that it is of the utmost importance to respect the dignity of everyone, no matter what. I fully agree with what he is saying because I feel that people get hung up on the technicalities of the Bible and all of it’s different possible translations. I feel that at the end of the day if you are a good person at heart then you can achieve salvation, and I feel

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