The Pope would never state that. Since the time of Peter, the Church is always necessary for salvation. The Early Church consist of the Apostles, and they were the ones who brought over 1,000 members into Christ’s Church according to the Book of Acts.
If a Pope did say such a thing, he would commit a heresy. As a Catholic I believe that the Holy Spirit will preserve such ridicules statement.
If you take a God fearing Methodist for example who trusts in Jesus and was baptized the Catholic Church believes that him residing outside the Church won’t affect his salvation. He can still be saved.
Through no fault of his own, he can. Upon death, only God can judge a man’s soul.
So what would be the point of said Methodist bothering to convert to Catholicism? What argument could be used to have that Methodist convert? It seems all the conversion would offer him is more rules you have to abide by or risk damnation like confession of all mortal sins to a priest, missing Mass, eating meat on a day of abstinance, etc… (from the Methodists perspective of course).
Because the Catholic Church is the original Church and She has the fullness of truth and faith. All other Protestant churches only have partial truths.
The precepts of the Church include Mass. If a Catholic intensionally miss Mass, he has committed a grave sin. It is a Catholic religious duty to go to Mass weekly.
People don’t like to miss a meal a day, but many Catholics (who do not go to Mass) deprive their soul of the one holy meal a week. The soul becomes weak, and the less he receives the Lamb of God, he will eventually die and go to place, where there is no God.
In the Blessed Eucharist, we received Jesus Christ Himself, Body, Blood, Soul, and His divinity. Not parts, but entire, whole. You received santifying grace and when you received this Holy Meal, you will be equip to combat temptation and sin.