ASK FATHER: Our old, misused friend, “Ecclesia supplet”

Posted December 16, 2017 10:55 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER:  Our old, misused friend, “Ecclesia supplet”

From a  reader…
QUAERITUR:
I attended a lecture today and it was about Ecclesiology
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The author said that those who are outside the Catholic Church can be saved because of the overflow of graces via Ecclesia Supplet. Provided they have lived good lives and have not in any way gone against the Church who is the bearer of Truth and Salvation.
GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson
Ah, our old, frequently misused friend, Ecclesia supplet. Hauled out on a regular basis to cover up the faults and foibles of the all-too-human elements in the Church. Once again, used improperly. It’s probably better to get used

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