The first thing I did is in respect of their place of worship and according to the example given by Blessed John Paul II, I removed my shoes before stepping in the mosque. After distributing my handouts, including an excerpt from the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on non-Christians and another from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on "Angles and Fallen Angels," I was given a cordial introduction by their youth coordinator.
In my presentation I emphasized the need to collaborate among all peoples of religions since we share a lot in common especially defending the family, the pro-life movement, and traditional moral values. When it came to the topic of angels and demons, I explained the Christian faith in the existence of spirits, angels and fallen angels, and their roles in the salvation plan as narrated in the Bible and the development of understanding the phenomenon of possession by the Devil. Being possessed by the Devil is itself a complex topic that needs a separate lecture!
My Muslim scholar fellow spoke about the evidence of the cosmic powers of angels and demons in the Qura'n but made a subtle note that, in his opinion, Christians have doubt that Christ may be divine! Our Hindu scholar fellow was brief and did not make any remark about Christian faith...Then came the Question Period in which we answered questions from attendees. There I replied to the Muslim scholar that we Christians believe in both the perfect divinity and the perfect humanity of Christ. He countered "Christ was a human person" to which I agreed that he is fully human without the least change in his divinity. Christ is God and Man in the same person! One Muslim young man asked me "How can God be three and one?" to which I replied that this topic needed a separate debate.
One question was directed to me "Do you think the world will come to an end or is it endless?" I knew this question carried in it the New Age Eastern idea that the cosmos never started and will never end. According to this thought, it is in an everlasting cycle of Big Bang and Big End. Some scientists are already speculating this theory. It is not the Standard Cosmological Model of the Big Bang. I replied that the world will end in the Second Coming of Christ. When the young man asked "When and how?" I answered straight "When Christ comes again, I think and hope he will find the entire world Catholic."
That was a big bang for some attendees! But it makes sense to me. Why?
First the Catholic Church is the largest single organization in the world. It is widespread in all continents and cultures and has been successful in adopting the inculturation directive of the Second Vatican Council. This alone positions her as the most powerful of all Christian organizations. It is also the most effective Christian Communion in terms of missionary work. The Catholic Church built and continues to build universities, schools, and education centers in the entire world where she is welcome. Other Christian missionaries of comparable activities are Protestant individual missions which, nevertheless, lack the cohesion and unity which exist only in the Catholic Church.
I had listed quite a few more reasons for my belief in the uniqueness of the Catholic Church in a post on the blog I wrote in 2009. You may wish to refer to it here but I cannot deny my hope that the definition of being a Catholic or "Anonymous Catholic" belongs to everyone who, in search for the truth, follows the dictates of his/her conscience.
This last point is based on the document Dominus Iesus published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2000 on authority of Pope John Paul II. In it, the Congregation defends the salvific universality of Jesus Christ, sole mediator for the salvation and eternal life of any humans as taught by the Catholic Church, and the Church as "the universal sacrament of salvation." It also recognizes the possibility of salvation of non-Christians although it cautions that errors in their religions could be obstacles to their salvation. Yet, quoting Vatican II, the document articulates a vision for dialogue with non-Christian bodies and encourages theologians to explore how the salvific grace of Christ and the Spirit may be at work in non-Christians for their salvation which is only possible through the grace of Christ. Here is a little excerpt, but the reader is encouraged to read the entire document in the context of the tradition of the Church:
The above is based on my own opinion subject to approval by the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. This is why I think and hope that in the Second Coming of Christ, the world will be Catholic (some as Anonymous Catholics). The dialogue with non-Christians will hopefully be fruitful by the grace of Christ. Hell is reserved for those who never repent. Christ the king, the One who will reign, will make all one in his one Church and his eternal kingdom.
[And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."] (Revelation 21, 5)