I was browsing through the pages of the Homiletic & Pastoral Review recently and came upon a most succinct and candid description of what is quickly becoming a virtual dogma of the ecclesiastical revolution we are currently experiencing: Universal Salvation. It appears in an article by the young Fr. Philip-Michael F. Tangorra entitled The Holy Spirit and the Contemporary Reform of the Catholic Church. The article is noteworthy on several counts - in particular, its last section (The Holy Spirit, Pope Francis, and the Church), in which the Protestant call of Ecclesia Semper Reformanda Est (The Church Is Always To Be Reformed) is taken up as a laudable ideal for the Catholic Church. However, I want to focus here on the brief paragraph consisting of a mere three sentences in which Fr. Tangorra manages to transition almost seamlessly from a vague affirmation of the dogma Extra Ecclesia Nulla Salus (Outside The Church There Is No Salvation) to the doctrine that all men are saved. Observe:
There is no salvation outside of a participation in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ, but the Holy Spirit, while not offering a separate or unique mediation of salvation from Christ, can unite all humanity to the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ, through the explicit act of faith in the existence of God and trust in God's divine providence for their salvation. "In the hearts of those men of good will, where grace is active invisibly, we can say that a non-Christian is mysteriously related to Christ, even if he is unconscious of the role of Christ in his life." Through this mysterious participation, wrought by the Holy Spirit, in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ, one participates in the fruits of the sacraments of baptism and of the Eucharist, and is, therefore, part of the People of God, as they are ordinantur Ecclesiae, related to the Church, which is necessary for salvation. (cf. footnotes in the original)
As Fr. Zuhlsdorf recently commented in regards to an article submitted to First Things deploring what passes as Catholic in many parts of the western world: It's another religion.
Indeed, and the first dogma of this new religion might very well be that of Universal Salvation.