What is the Difference btw Baptism of Desire and Universal Salvation? (Question 53, October 2004)

Can you explain the difference between Baptism of Desire and universal salvation?

R. Sungenis: Yes, there is no such a thing as "Universal Salvation," since Scripture, Tradition and Church dogma are clear that not everyone will be saved. Baptism of Desire (which is more technically phrased in Latin as "Desire of Baptism") is the doctrine that someone can be justified if, without receiving actual water baptism before they die, he/she has desired to receive Baptism in their mind and will. Whether this "desire" must be explicit (verbalized to the Church) or implicit (held in one's conscience only) the Church has not defined as yet.

No comments:

Post a Comment