To my Catholic Christian Brethren- The following is a protestant source on Catholic teaching. Would you agree with the following statement for what it says? "The Catholic Church believes that Jesus is the only savior of humankind. Salvation is the free gift of God that can in no way be merited to any human work. Humankind, which in some mysterious way was cut off from God and immersed in evil, is restored in Christ by his saving word and deed- his entire life, death, and resurrection. Although everyone is considered a member of redeemed humanity, the Catholic church teaches that simple church membership does not automatically imply salvation. Each person is responsible for his or her own life and the manner in which he or she responds to to Christ. As Jesus so often warned, it is possible for anyone to be lost, to choose eternal separation from God and from fellowship with God's people. Even though some Catholics (like other Christians) may give the impression that they think they can work out their own salvation by following rules and laws, performing religious rites and practicing self-denial, it is the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church that it is Christ alone who saves. The persons only task is to accept that salvation with loving trust." (From: Honoring our Neighbors Faith, Ausburg Fortress, 1999, pg. 133, emp. mine) I'm hoping for just "yes" and "no" answers from our Catholic friends, but I understand you may have to eloborate.