On February 22, 2018, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, published the letter Placuit Deo (PD) on some aspects of Christian salvation. It is addressed to the bishops of the Catholic Church.
This letter was made all the more important by the subsequent publication on April 9, 2018, of the third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, titled Gaudete et Exsultate (GE), on the theme of “holiness in the world today.” In the second chapter of the exhortation, he treats two dangerous ideologies: Gnosticism and Pelagianism (Nos. 35-62).
The letter, which we will present here briefly, treats some contemporary conceptions of salvation that have some similarities with these two errors from antiquity.