In one of them Ratzinger takes as a consumate fact that the dogma "extra Ecclesiam nulla salus" [there is no salvation outside the Catholic. Extra ecclesiam nulla salus (est) (Lat., 'outside the church there is no salvation'). The view, expressed first by Origen and Cyprian, that formal membership of the. “Outside the Church there is no salvation” (extra ecclesiam nulla salus) is a doctrine of the Catholic Faith that was taught By Jesus Christ to His Apostles.


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In this state of things, one should no longer be concerned with the salvation of 'the others,' who extra ecclesiam nulla salus some time now have become 'our brothers.

This new point-of-view should allow one to believe in the universal offer of extra ecclesiam nulla salus grace of salvation as well as the essential part that the Church plays in this.

Therefore, in this sense the problem changed. What concerns us is no longer how 'the others' will be saved. Certainly we know, by our faith in divine mercy, that they can be saved.

How this happens, we leave to God.


Francis of Assisi Also, all who see the Extra ecclesiam nulla salus of the Body of Christ and do not believe it is really the most holy Body and Blood of the Lord. Thomas Aquinasthe Angelic Doctor: There is no entering into salvation outside the Catholic Church, just as in the time of the Flood there was not salvation outside the Ark, which denotes the Church.

Louis Marie de Montfort Anyone who resists this truth perishes.

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Robert BellarmineBishop and Doctor of the Church: For this reason extra ecclesiam nulla salus Church is compared to the Ark of Noah, because just as during the deluge, everyone perished who was not in the ark, so now those perish who are not in the Church. This sickness of heart weakens and darkens the understanding, and leads to eternal extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

If they would try to heal their hearts by purging them of their vices, they would soon receive light, which would show them the necessity of joining the Catholic Church, where alone is salvation.

We should constantly thank the Lord for having granted us the gift of the true Faith, by associating us with the children of the Holy Catholic Church How many are the infidels, heretics, and schismatics who do not enjoy the happiness of the true Faith!

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Earth is full of them and they are all lost! Some say they are not bound by the doctrine which teaches that the Extra ecclesiam nulla salus Body of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church are one and the same thing.


Some reduce to a meaningless formula the necessity of belonging to the true Church in order to gain eternal salvation. Feeney that all extra ecclesiam nulla salus be actual members of the Catholic Church to be saved has been condemned by the Magisterium. It is ironic that precisely those who know their obligation to remain united to the Magisterium, and thus on whom this doctrine is morally binding, keep themselves from union with the Roman See on this point.

Nonetheless it is clear that justification and charity can precede explicit faith. Clement teaches that the grace of salvation has been made available to the whole world by Christ's death, and proves this by the examples of those before Christ who were saved through their faith in God.

Many after Christ's coming, who have faith in God, but cannot have explicit faith in Christ, fit Clement's description of justified persons, and therefore would seem to be included in those whom he teaches are saved through Christ.

Saint Ambrose died A. Where the Extra ecclesiam nulla salus is there is not death but life eternal. You must know that this is the one Catholic Church established throughout the world, and with it you must remain extra ecclesiam nulla salus unshaken communion. For this, I know, is the rock on which the Church is built.

Outside the Catholic Church one can have everything except salvation. One can have honor, one can have the sacraments, one can sing alleluia, one can answer amen, one can have faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, and preach it too, but never can one find salvation except in the Catholic Church.

Fourth Lateran Council This we firmly believe and profess without qualification.

Outside this Church there is no salvation and no remission of sins, the Spouse in the Canticle proclaiming: