Last week, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church entitled Placuit Deo. The letter was written “to demonstrate certain aspects of Christian salvation that can be difficult to understand today because of recent cultural changes.”
The document specifically addresses two heresies that have become more widespread in modern times. The first is neo-Gnosticism, a model of salvation that is merely interior, closed off to the created world. And the other is neo-Pelagianism, in which the individual, seeing himself as self-reliant, presumes to save oneself.
Msgr. Stuart Swetland, host of Go Ask Your Father™ stopped by A Closer Look™ to discuss Placuit Deo why the letter is important, and how we can better understand Christian salvation through the teachings of the Catholic Church.