My friend is not catholic and we were discussing whether or not Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. We were looking specifically at John 6:22-71. A question arises in John 6:53 which states “Jesus said to them, 'Amen, Amen, I say to you, UNLESS you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you DO NOT have life within you.” My friend said that this verse contradicts the Catholic Churches teaching that even people who are not catholic can be saved. He says that if Christ truly meant we had to eat His flesh in the Eucharist then the Catholic Church is contradicting itself by saying non Catholics can be saved. How can I explain that even though this verse says specifically “unless”, it is not contradicting of the Church to say only Catholics can be saved?
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]Extra ecclesiam nulla salus
*] Salvation Outside of the Church
*] How can the Church accept salvation for Protestants?
*] Should Catholics try to evangelize Protestants?