We have discussed at length on the blog the issue of Invincible Ignorance and it is often related to newly-discovered tribes who have never had a visit from a missionary.
What of the hordes of main-stream Catholics who blindly followed their priests and bishops into the Novus Ordo liturgy, or who were born into it, and who never questioned it? They never read any of the reports about the contents of the Vatican II papers, never read books like The Rhine Flows into the Tiber, or Open Letter to Confused Catholics, or The Plot Against The Church, never fell into the trap of attending non-Catholic services, never made any effort to question the way things were developing. They simply paid, prayed and obeyed and observed the obligation of attending Sunday Mass.
They were never informed by their shepherds that they were now in different pastures, and almost all of them (at least, those who haven’t lapsed from sheer apathy), are complacently innocuous to anything which might rock their comfortable boat ride.
Can these plead Invincible Ignorance at the hour of their death, on the basis that they were obediently following their shepherds and that nobody had suggested to them that they might just not be on the straight and narrow path to Heaven?
I have just listened to a seven-minute sermon from a Traditional priest suggesting that these people will indeed go to Heaven, but that if they were told the facts and chose to turn a deaf ear to what they were told, then they would not go to Heaven.
This gives a new dimension to the debate about Invincible Ignorance and Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus – I wonder what you and fellow bloggers think?