Will Many Be Saved?

What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization


“”For many years we have all appreciated Dr. Martin’s considerable contributions to the mission of the Church.   Now he gives us a profound doctrinal foundation for understanding and implementing The New Evangelization.  It is a shot in the arm for bishops, priests and laity as we respond to the Holy Father’s call.”

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

“Ralph Martin clarifies a doctrinal point that has been often obscured but must be recovered as a necessary foundation for the new evangelization. This is a uniquely important book.”

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago

“Dr. Ralph Martin’s book Will Many Be Saved? contributes significantly to a richer understanding of our faith, helps restore confidence in the Gospel message and engenders a desire to share the truth of Christ’s message. An important contribution to the pastoral strategy of the New Evangelization.”

Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

“If the pastoral strategy of Vatican II has led to ‘practical universalism’ in certain quarters, this reading of the Council provides a refreshing reminder of the undiminished urgency and validity of the missionary mandate of Jesus to his followers to evangelize.”

Peter Cardinal Turkson, President, Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice
“These penetrating reflections will compel us to reassess our pastoral approach to the preaching of the Gospel in these new circumstances and will command the attention of all those who take up the challenge of the new evangelization. An important book.”

Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, OP, Vatican City

“Our response to the new evangelization will lack enthusiasm, and conviction, if we don’t realize what’s truly at stake here: our eternal salvation in Christ. Ralph Martin’s book provides much-needed clarity on these very important issues.”

Archbishop Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

“I highly recommend that all Catholics and other Christians concerned with salvation give this important book the attention it deserves.”

Bishop David L.Ricken, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Chairman, Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

“Here is a scholarly shout, a bracing splash of cold water. In this book the teachings of Vatican II come alive again and we rediscover the authentic doctrine of salvation. What a contribution!”

Deacon James Keating, Ph.D, Omaha, NE

Director of Theological Formation, Institute for Priestly Formation

“Ralph Martin has written a thoughtful and thought provoking book.  He convincingly demonstrates, in his careful attention to the relevant texts of Vatican II, that what is at stake for many, in whether they hear the Gospel or not, is nothing less than eternal life.”

Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M., Cap.

Executive Director, Bishops’ Secretariat for Doctrine

“This clearly written and carefully researched book is essential reading. It makes a crucial contribution to the fields of missiology and ecclesiology.”

Peter Ryan, S.J., Professor of Moral Theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

“A good read, long overdue.  Martin’s book shakes the foundations of theological optimism about the salvation of non-believers.”

John Michael McDermott, S.J.,  Professor of Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary,Member International Theological Commission, 2004-2009.

“This well-researched and clearly written study is an important contribution to establishing with clarity the essential doctrinal foundations of the New Evangelization.”

Kevin Flannery, S.J. Professor of Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

“Ralph Martin has provided a remarkably clear and thorough evaluation of the problem posed ‘from within’ by ‘universalist’ theologies which if not addressed will undermine the ‘new evangelization.’ While Catholics today are preoccupied with hierarchy, governance, and power. Martin’s work takes us much closer to the theological issues upon which everything else pivots.”

Russell Hittinger, William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Tulsa

“A bold yet careful study that addresses the most difficult and pressing theological issues related to the Church’s mission and the new evangelization.  A rich blend of theological insight and prophetic wisdom, this is must reading for academics and pastors alike.”

Scott Hahn, Professor of Biblical Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“The zeal of Catholics for evangelization has been significantly undermined since Vatican II by false interpretations regarding both the nature and the necessity of the proclamation of Jesus Christ to all peoples.  Dr. Martin unveils the deepest roots of the deception, while presenting a pastoral vision aimed at re-awakening the Church to her central mission.”

Deacon Daniel Foley, Member, US Bishops National Advisory Council

“Even though I’m a business man without theological training I found Ralph Martin’s book compelling and had a hard time putting it down.  It cleared up a lot of confusion for me and I know many other Catholics like me would benefit from it greatly.”

Chris M. Hall, President, Repairclinic.com