No Salvation Outside the Church

There is no Salvation Outside the Catholic Church

Pope Palagius II, 578-590 A.D. “Consider the fact that whoever has not been in the peace and unity of the Church cannot have the Lord….. Although given over to flames and fires, they burn, or, thrown to wild beasts, they lay down their lives, there will not be for them that crown of faith but the punishment of faithlessness… such a one can be slain, he cannot be crowned… if slain outside the Church, he cannot attain the rewards of the Church.”

Pope Saint Gregory the Great, 590-604 A.D.  “Now the Holy Church proclaims that God cannot be truly worshipped saving within herself, asserting that all they that are without her shall never be saved.” (Moralia)

Pope Sylvester II, 991 A.D.  “I profess that outside the Catholic Church no one is saved.” (Profession of faith made as Archbishop of Reims)

Pope Innocent III, 1198-1216 A.D., Fourth Lateran Council 1215 A.D. — Ex-Cathedra Dogma, “There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all is saved.”

Pope Boniface VIII, 1302 A.D. — Ex-Cathedra Dogma,  “There is only one Catholic Church; this we firmly believe and profess without qualification. Outside this Church there is no salvation nor remission of sin. For at the time of the Deluge there existed only one Ark, the figure of the one Church. And all things outside this Ark perished.” (Unam Sanctum) & (Denzinger 468)

Pope Eugene IV, 1441 A.D. — Ex-Cathedra Dogma, “The most Holy Roman Church believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also jews and heretics and schismatic’s cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart ” into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:21), unless before the end of life the same has been added to the flock; and that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation, and do fasting’s, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed his blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.” (Cantata Domino) Council of Florence

Pope Leo XII, 1823-1829 A.D., “We profess that there is no salvation outside the Church … for the Church is the pillar and ground of the faith. With reference to those words Saint Augustine says: ” If any be outside the Church he will be excluded from the number of sons, and will not have God for a Father since he has not the Church for a mother.”

Pope Gregory XVI, 1831-1846 A.D. “It is not possible to worship God truly except in Her; all who are outside Her will not be saved.” (Encyclical, Summo Jugiter)

Vatican Council of 1870, Pope Pius IX, Session 2, Profession of Faith — Ex-Cathedra Dogma, “This true Catholic Faith, outside of which none can be saved, which I now freely profess and truly hold, is what I shall steadfastly maintain and confess, by the help of God, in all its completeness and purity until my dying breath, and I shall do my best to ensure that all others do the same. This is what I, the same Pius, promise, vow and swear.”

Pope Pius IX, Quanto Conficiamur Moerore, On Promotion of False Doctrines, Paragraph 13, 10 Aug 1863 > “Admonish and exhort them to be strong in our sacred faith, without which it is impossible to please God. Urge them to persevere firmly established in our divine religion, which alone is true and eternal and prepares for salvation.”

Pope Pius IX, Nostis et Nobiscum, Paragraph 10, 8 Dec 1849 > “In particular, ensure that the faithful are deeply and thoroughly convinced of the truth of the doctrine that the Catholic faith is necessary for attaining salvation. The Catholic laity and clergy should repeatedly offer special thanks to God in public prayers for the priceless gift of the Catholic religion. They should also beseech God to protect the profession of this faith in our country and to keep it unharmed.”

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