Neither faith nor works, justify. That is the Catholic Teaching.

 

Erick Ybarra October 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Yes, Im sorry.

That was a quote from St. John Chrysostom on justification. It seems from St. John Chrysostom that we are justified by faith alone. For he believes that Abraham was justified by faith, apart from any works that Abraham had. In other words, he recognized that Abraham had many works at the time, but that they had no justifying power in God’s sight.

That is the Catholic Teaching Erick. Have you ever heard of the Council of Trent? It is the infallible Catholic Teaching of the Justification of Adults:

CHAPTER VIII
HOW THE GRATUITOUS JUSTIFICATION OF THE SINNER BY FAITH IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD

But when the Apostle says that man is justified by faith and freely,[44] these words are to be understood in that sense in which the uninterrupted unanimity of the Catholic Church has held and expressed them, namely, that we are therefore said to be justified by faith, because faith is the beginning of human salvation, the foundation and root of all justification, without which it is impossible to please God[45] and to come to the fellowship of His sons; and we are therefore said to be justified gratuitously,

because none of those things that precede justification, whether faith or works, merit the grace of justification.

For, if by grace, it is not now by works, otherwise, as the Apostle says, grace is no more grace.[46]

At the same time, unless you do the good works which God wills for all mankind, God will not justify you.

Sincerely,

De Maria

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