I am currently in RCIA in the Diocese of Lafayette, LA. I have been very gung ho for converting to Catholicism since I made the decision in August.
However, now I’ve hit a stumbling block. Unam Sanctum is a papal bull by Pope Boniface VIII (written in the 1300s). In it, the pope made a dogmatic state amounting to the following: One can not be saved unless they are subject to the Pope.
Now, I seriously hope I am misinterpreting the Pope, but it seems to me that that means that someone must be Catholic to be saved. This seems to contradict what the Catholic Church currently teaches about salvation, which is that all Christians may be saved (depending on circumstances). Since these 2 ideas contradict, that would mean that the Catholic Church is wrong! I seriously hope this is not the case, because I will have some very difficult decisions ahead of me if that is the case (none of which involve me finally ending up Roman Catholic).
So, can someone please help me to understand what Pope Boniface VIII is teaching here?