Pope condemns all non-christians

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Quotes from Pope Pius IX regarding No Salvation Outside the Church

Pope Pius IX (A.D. 1846 ‑ 1878): "It must be held as a matter of faith that outside the Apostolic Roman Church, no one can be saved; that this is the only ark of salvation; that he who shall not have entered therein will perish in the flood." (Denzinger 1647)

"It is a sin to believe there is salvation outside the Church!" (Quoted in, Our Glorious Popes)

"The Church is rich with heavenly doctrine [] sailing like a ship on the high seas of this world, preserving those who come to her safe and sound, while the world outside perishes." (Aeterni Patris)

"The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman: unique, the Chair founded on Peter [...] Outside her fold is to be found neither the True Faith nor eternal salvation, for it is impossible to have God for a Father if one has not the Church for a Mother." (Singulari Quidem)

"Let those who wish to be saved come to this pillar, to this foundation of Truth which is the Church [...] We will never spare Ourselves from any pains whatsoever [...] to bring back those who are ignorant and in error to this one and only way of Truth and Salvation. Moreover, let all those who oppose Us remember that heaven and earth will pass away, but that not one of Christ's words can pass away, nor can anything be changed in the doctrine which the Catholic Church has received from Jesus Christ to preserve, to protect, and to preach." (Ubi Primum)

"Neither sanctity nor salvation can be found outside the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church." (cf. Racolta 626)

"In our times many of the enemies of the Catholic Faith direct their efforts towards placing every monstrous opinion on the level with the doctrine of Christ, or confounding it therewith; and so they try more and more to propagate that impious system of indifference of religions. But quite of late, we shudder to say it, certain men have not hesitated to slander Us by saying that we share in their folly and favor that most wicked system, and think so benevolently of every class of mankind, as to suppose that not only the sons of the Church, but that the rest also, however alienated from the Catholic unity they may remain, are alike in the way of salvation, and may arrive at everlasting life. We are at a loss from horror, to find words to express our detestation of this new atrocious injustice that is done to us." (Allocution to the Cardinals, December 17, 1847)

"I condemn again that most pernicious error, in which certain Catholics are living, who are of the opinion that those who live in error and have not the True Faith, and are separated from Catholic unity, may obtain life everlasting. Now this opinion is most contrary to the Catholic Faith, as is evident from the plain words of Christ: "If he will not hear the Church, let him be to thee as a heathen and a publican." (Mt. 13:17).; "He that believeth not, shall be condemned." (Mt. 16:16).; "He that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me." (Lk. 10:16).; "He that does not believe, is

already judged." (Jn. 3:18). It is of Faith ["de fide," i.e., a dogma of the Faith which one must believe for salvation] that, as there is but one God, so also there is but one Faith, and one baptism. To go beyond this in our inquires is to be impious." (Allocution, December 9, 1854)

"It is not without sorrow that we have learned another not less pernicious error, which has been spread in several parts of Catholic countries, and have been inbibed by many Catholics, who are of the opinion that all those who are not at all members of the True Church of Christ, can be saved. Hence, they often discuss the question concerning the future fate and condition of those who die without having professed the Catholic Faith, and give the most frivolous reasons in support of their wicked opinion." (Nostis Et Nobiscum December. 8, 1849)

"We must mention and condemn again that most pernicious error, which has been imbibed by certain Catholics, who are of the opinion that those people who live in error and have not the True Faith, and are separated from Catholic unity, may obtain life everlasting. Now this opinion is most contrary to the Catholic Faith, as is evident from the plain words of our Lord, (Mt. 28:17; Mk.16:16; Lk. 10:16; Jn. 3:18), as also from the words of St. Paul, (Tit. 3:10), and of St. Peter (2 Pet. 2:1). To entertain opinions contrary to this Catholic Faith is to be an impious wretch." (Quanto Conficiamur Moerore Aug. 10, 1863)

"We therefore again reprobate, proscribe, and condemn all and every one of these perverse opinions and doctrines, and it is Our absolute will and command that all sons of the Catholic Church shall hold as reprobated, proscribed, and condemned. It belongs to our Apostolic office to rouse your Episcopal zeal and watchfulness to do all in your power to banish from the minds of the people such impious and pernicious opinions which lead to indifference of religion, which we behold spreading more and more, to the ruin of souls. Oppose all your energy and zeal to these errors and employ zealous priests to impugn and annihilate them, and to impress very deeply upon the minds and hearts of the faithful the great dogma of our most holy religion, that salvation can be had only in the Catholic Faith. Often exhort the clergy and the faithful to give thanks to God for the great gift of the Catholic Faith." (Allocution, Dec 9, 1854)

"We have, therefore, deemed it our duty to make strong, vigorous, and uncompromising presentation of the great and fundamental Truth, the very fence and barrier of the True Religion, "OUT OF THE CHURCH THERE IS POSITIVELY NO SALVATION" against those soft, weak, timid, liberalizing Catholics, who labor to explain away all points of Catholic Faith offensive to non‑Catholics, and to make it appear that there is no question of life and death, of heaven and hell, involved in the difference between us and the Protestants. (ibid)

"It is necessary that you inculcate this salutary teaching in the souls of those who exaggerate the power of human reason to such a point that they dare, by its power, to investigate and explain the mysteries themselves, than which nothing is more foolish, nothing more insane. Strive to call them back from such a perversity of mind, explaining indeed that nothing was granted to men by God's Providence more excellent than the authority of the divine faith, that this faith is to us like a torch in the darkness, that it is the leader that we follow to Life, that it is absolutely necessary for salvation, since "without faith it is impossible to please God," and "he that believeth not shall be condemned (Mark 16, 16)."" (Singulari Quadam)

I Vatican Council, A.D. 1870: (D. 1791): "Moreover, although the assent of faith is by no means a blind movement of the intellect, nevertheless, no one can "assent to the preaching of the gospel" as he must to attain salvation, "without the illumination and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, who gives to all a sweetness in consenting to and believing in the truth." [... (D. 1793):] Since without faith it is impossible to please God, no one is justified without it, nor will anyone attain eternal life unless he perseveres to the end in it. Moreover, in order that we may satisfactorily perform the duty of embracing the true faith and of continuously persevering in it, God, through His only-begotten Son, has instituted the Church, and provided it with clear signs of His institution, so that it can be recognized by all as the guardian and teacher of the revealed word. [... (D. 1833):] The first condition of salvation is to keep the rule of the right faith." (Ex Cathedra)

"The true Church is one, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman; unique: the Chair founded on Peter by the Lord's words; outside her fold is to be found neither the true faith nor eternal salvation, for it is impossible to have God for Father if one has not the Church for Mother, and it is in vain that one flatters oneself on belonging to the Church, if one is separated from the Chair of Peter on which the Church is founded. There could be no greater crime, no more detestable injury than opposition to Christ, than the rending of the Church purchased and engendered in His divine Blood, than the furious attacks of pernicious discord against the peaceful and single-minded people of God, to the detriment of evangelical charity." (Source?)

The following three propositions are absolutely condemned as errors: (D1716): "In the worship of any religion whatever, men can find the way to eternal salvation, and can attain eternal salvation." (D1717): "We must have at least good hope concerning the eternal salvation of all those who in no wise are in the true Church of Christ." (D1718): "Protestantism is nothing else than a different form of the same true Christian religion, in which it is possible to serve God as well as in the Catholic Church." (Syllabus of Errors)



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