EXTRA ECCLESIAM NULLA SALUS (No Salvation Outside the Church)
And the protestants, actually, are INSIDE the Catholic Church!
They don't believe in real presence so they don't have mass; they don't believe in the authority of the Pope; they are anti the BVM, etc... nevertheless, they actually are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church.
Who belongs to the Catholic Church?
"The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter." Those "who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church." With the Orthodox Churches, this communion is so profound "that it lacks little to attain the fullness that would permit a common celebration of the Lord's Eucharist."
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #838
Their rejection of the many Catholic doctrines is not putting them outside the Catholic Church so long they believe in Christ and have been properly baptized.
Now, this is the game changer:
Whosoever, therefore, knowing that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ, would refuse to enter or to remain in it, could not be saved. Lumen Gentium 14
Therefore, for the benefit of the doubt,** is it charitable to believe that all protestants don't know if the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ?** Because, the truth is that only the all-knowing God who knows exactly what each protestant knows and how deep is his/her knowledge about the Catholic Church which was made necessary by Christ.
Most protestants believe sincerely, that many of the teaching of the Catholic Church is against the bible, hence it's impossible for them to know that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ.
Is my argument valid? Please enlighten me if I am wrong. Thanks!