I am new and was interested in seeing some opinions on the Church’s doctrine Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus (Outside the Church there is no salvation). While I assert that the faithful have no right to interpret that which the Church has already defined (and I maintain that the Church has spoken on this issue), I want simply want to see the amount of knowledge that anyone has on this subject and the way that it is portrayed or taught in typical parishes (if at all). Please leave your comments. For now, I will post the Church’s three infallible decrees on the matter. I feel that these decrees are a good starting point but the writings of the Popes and Fathers would be good for expanding the context of the issue. I have several of these writings as well, but I will leave only the three decrees until discussion has begun. God bless.
There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside which no one at all is saved. Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.
We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff. Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302.
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 and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. 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 saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church. (Pope Eugene IV, Ecumenical Council of Florence, from the Bull *Cantate Domino, *1441.)