“The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of these exisiting outside of the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but Jews, and Heretics, and Schismatics, can never be partakers of eternal life, but that they are going into eterna fire” which was prepared for the devil, and his angles"(Mt 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this Ecclesiastical Body, that only those remaining within the unity can profit from the sacraments of the Church unto Salvation, and that they alone can recieve an eternal recompsense fro their fasts, almsdeeds , and other works of Christian piety and duties of a Christian solder. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the name of Christ, can be saaved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Chruch." (Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino 1441).
A “rad trad” quoted me this the other day stressing a “hard-line” approach to “Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus”.
I thought that the Church’s official understanding of this passage understood this in view of things like “invincible ignorance”.
But if the above is true, is there a change in teaching? How would you handle that?