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A catechumen is already "enrolled" among the brethren on the basis of his faith. Again, the baptismal gift is appropriated, received and kept, by faith and faithfulness, by the steadfast standing in the faith and the promises. And yet sacraments are not merely signs of a professed faith, but rather effective signs of the saving Grace—not only symbols of human aspiration and loyalty, but the outward symbols of the divine action. In them our human existence is linked to, or rather raised up to, the Divine Life, by the Spirit, the giver of life.

Will it then be necessary to limit ourselves to the dead letter of Apostolic writings? It appears that the Vincentian Canon is a postulate of historical simplification, of a harmful primitivism. This means that we are not to seek for outward, formal criteria of catholicity; we are not to dissect catholicity in empirical universality. Charismatic tradition is truly universal ; in its fulness it embraces every kind of semper and ubique and unites all. But empirically it may not be accepted by all.

Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus: [Outside the Church there is no salvation]. All the categorical strength and point of this aphorism lies in its tautology. Outside the Church there is "The Catholicity of the Church" appeared as "Sobornost: The Catholicity of the Church" in The Church of God, edited by E. , 1934). 37 38 Bible, Church, Tradition: An Eastern Orthodox View no salvation, because salvation is the Church. For salvation is the revelation of the way for every one who believes in Christ's name.

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