Does one have to be Catholic to enter heaven?

A friend of mine in his 70’s converted to Catholicism when he was a teenager. He says that he was told by a very good priest (who also taught me many years later)that one had to be catholic to enter heaven.

I don’t think that this teaching is entirely correct. I suspect that the doctrine of the Baptism of desire is relevant here. Please clarify the Catholic teaching for me.

Thanks.

penadm57,

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