“No Salvation outside the Church”, infallibility, ecumenanism; Your not the only one who is confused. For the sake of ecumenanism, Church leaders seem to be working double overtime trying to find ways around Pope Eugene IV “infallible teaching” from the council of Florence. What it says and what modern Church leaders now say it says, seems to be totally opposites.
Jesus gave the Church the power to “hold sins bound” and “hold sins loost” or in other words “the keys to the Kingdom”. If papal infallibility has any realtion to the “keys to the Kingdom”, as I have heard some say it dose, one would think that the “infallible” Church teaching on “No Salvation outside the Church” is one that the Pope should now consider “holding loost”. Again, I am no expert on “No Salvation outside the Church”, infallibility and ecumenanism. However, to read the “infallible” doctrine on “No salavation outside the Church” does not make me happy about being Catholic.
I do know that the “infallible” doctrine on no salvation to non-Catholics was not brought up until after the Joint Catholic Lutheran Declaration on Justification was already signed by the Lutherans. They were greatly upset when it came out later. Why did Catholic leaders not see any sence in bringing up, what they believe to be infallible knowledge of no salvation for the Lutherans, when discussing salvation with them?
"There are three ex cathedra papal pronouncements that outside the Church there is no salvation. The most explicit and forceful of the three is from Pope Eugene IV (1431-1447), who infallibly taught at the Council of Florence:[indent][indent]“The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can never be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire ‘which was prepared for the devil and his angels,’ (Mt. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her; … no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and*** unity*** of the Catholic Church.”
Quoted from John Vennari
Peace in Christ,