‘We are not saved alone’: Catholic theologians engage the social dimensions of salvation

June 25, 2024 | National Catholic Reporter

By DAVID E. DECOSSE | National Catholic Reporter

Pictured: Kathleen Dorsey Bellow of Xavier University (left) and Dorsey Bellow, a Baltimore native, led a special session titled “Baltimore and the Black Catholic Experience” during the Catholic Theological Society of America’s annual convention, held June 13-16 in Baltimore. (Courtesy of Paul Schultz)

Written in 1885, the Baltimore Catechism had its pilgrim eyes fixed on the world beyond: To be saved meant that the individual Catholic could “attain the supernatural happiness of heaven.”

Meeting June 13-16 in Baltimore at its annual convention, the Catholic Theological Society of America brought the matter of salvation firmly back to earth.

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