I am having a hard time getting my mind around the concept of salvation outside the Catholic church. Catholics have the “fullness” of the faith and therefore the keys to salvation, so to speak, belong exclusively to the one church Christ founded, the Catholic church.
There are exceptions, as I understand them, where people outside the church may be saved. Two examples given are the baptism on blood and baptism of desire. In point of fact these are the ONLY two examples given. Okay fair enough. This is still pretty straight forward.
Now where things get tricky for me. To be considered as being part of the “body of Christ” requires a valid baptism, not a Catholic baptism per se but a validly performed baptism which, as we know, can occur in almost any main stream protestant church. Okay, then that begs the question as to whether those within the protestant communions have salvation. They are outside the church and thus identify with a schismatic group and logically give up the rights to salvation since they are, in effect, in protest of all or part of the catholic teachings. However, they have a valid baptism which brings them into the body of Christ.
For arguments sake, let’s say a person was born into a devotely Christian family, say Southern Baptist. This person is raised in the Christian faith, reads the Bible like it’s their job, attends church two-three times per week and follows all the commandments. This person, like their parents, is devote in all they know and don’t give much thought about other denominations, much less the Catholic church. This person is validly baptised at age thirteen.
How would the Catholic church view the salvation of this person?
For this thread, I am not interested in the protestant view of their own salvation only that of how the Catholic church views protestant salvation. Thanks in advance for the help!