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Old 2nd April 2010, 03:11 PM
St. Thomas More St. Thomas More is offline
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The way I understand it, non-Christians may obtain salvation by uniting w/the Mystical Church through a baptism of desire and leading a pious life. As Catholics, when we lose sanctifying grace through mortal sins, we may regain it through the sacrament of confession, even if we have imperfect contrition, or through an act of perfect contrition.

For non-Christians who have committed mortal sins, they can always regain sanctifying grace through an act of perfect contrition.

Some non-Christian religions have rituals of atonement. If a non-Christians participate in a ritual of atonement, with imperfect contrition, can they regain sanctifying grace? Or do they need perfect contrition to regain sanctifying grace?

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Old 2nd April 2010, 03:37 PM
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The way I understand it, non-Christians may obtain salvation by uniting w/the Mystical Church through a baptism of desire and leading a pious life. As Catholics, when we lose sanctifying grace through mortal sins, we may regain it through the sacrament of confession, even if we have imperfect contrition, or through an act of perfect contrition.

For non-Christians who have committed mortal sins, they can always regain sanctifying grace through an act of perfect contrition.
Yes, that is all correct.


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Some non-Christian religions have rituals of atonement. If a non-Christians participate in a ritual of atonement, with imperfect contrition, can they regain sanctifying grace? Or do they need perfect contrition to regain sanctifying grace?
No, they cannot regain sanctifying grace by imperfect contrition plus a non-Christian ritual of atonement (e.g. Yom Kippur). Such rituals, even Yom Kippur which is a ritual established by God, are not Sacraments. Only the Sacrament of Confession has the ability to forgive actual mortal sin with mere imperfect contrition.

So they would need perfect contrition, however, a ritual of atonement might assist them, through prayers and readings or talks directed at contrition, in achieving perfect contrition.
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