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Monday, June 29, 2015

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus: Part Three

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus: Part Three
The Church has always Believed and Taught that Only those who Die as Catholics Can be Saved
I have compiled some quotes from the Bible, the Fathers, the Doctors, Saints and Popes in order to demonstrate this.

Pope Clement VI, A.D. 1342-1352 (D 550 b,l): "We ask if you believe and the Armenians obedient to you, that no man of those travelling outside the faith of the same Church and obedience to the Pontiff of the Romans can finally be saved; [...and] if you have believed and believe that all those who have set themselves up against the Faith of the Roman Church and have died in final impenitence have been damned and have descended to the perpetual torments of hell." (Super Qibusdam)



Blessed Nicholas Talvilich (died 1391): "You Mohammedans are in a state of everlasting damnation.  Your Koran is not God's law nor is it revealed by Him.  Far from being a good thing, your law is utterly evil.  It is founded neither in the Old Testament nor in the New.  In it are lies, foolish things, buffooneries, contradictions, and much that leads not to virtue and goodness but to evil and to all manner of vice."

Saint Vincent Ferrer (died A.D. 1419): "One who dies a Jew will be damned." [He converted tens of thousands of them by his preaching.]

Blessed Juliana of Norwich (died A.D. 1423): "I knew in my faith that the Jews were accursed and condemned without end, except those who were converted." (Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love)

Pope Eugenius IV, A.D. 1431-1447, at Council of Florence ***INFALLIBLE***: Ex cathedra: "It [the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church] firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that none of those outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but neither Jews, nor heretics and schismatics, can become participants in eternal life, but will depart "into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels" [Matt. 25:41], unless before the end of life they have been added to the Church; 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 fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practised, 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." (Cantate Domino, A.D. 1442)


Pope Paul III (A.D. 1534-1549) who convened the Council of Trent: "To all faithful Christians to whom this writing may come, health in Christ our Lord and the apostolic benediction.  The sublime God so loved the human race that He created man in suchwise that he might participate, not only in the good that other creatures enjoy, but endowed him with capacity to attain to the inaccessible and invisible Supreme Good and behold it face to face; and since man, according to the testimony of the sacred scriptures, has been created to enjoy eternal life and happiness, which none may obtain save through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, it is necessary that he should possess the nature and faculties enabling him to receive that faith; and that whoever is thus endowed should be capable of receiving that same faith.  Nor is it credible that any one should possess so little understanding as to desire the faith and yet be destitute of the most necessary faculty to enable him to receive it.  Hence Christ, who is the Truth itself, that has never failed and can never fail, said to the preachers of the faith whom He chose for that office "Go ye and teach all nations."  He said "all," without exception, for all are capable of receiving the doctrines of the faith.  The enemy of the human race, who opposes all good deeds in order to bring men to destruction, beholding and envying this, invented a means never before heard of, by which he might hinder the preaching of God's word of Salvation to the people: he inspired his satellites who, to please him, have not hesitated to publish abroad that the Indians of the West and the South, and other people of whom We have recent knowledge should be treated as dumb brutes created for our service, pretending that they are incapable of receiving the Catholic Faith.  We, who, though unworthy, exercise on earth the power of our Lord and seek with all our might to bring those sheep of His flock who are outside into the fold committed to our charge, consider, however, that the Indians are truly men and that they are not only capable of understanding the Catholic Faith but, according to our information, they desire exceedingly to receive it.  Desiring to provide ample remedy for these evils, We define and declare by these Our letters, or by any translation thereof signed by any notary public and sealed with the seal of any ecclesiastical dignitary, to which the same credit shall be given as to the originals, that, notwithstanding whatever may have been or may be said to the contrary, the said Indians and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians, are by no means to be deprived of their liberty or the possession of their property, even though they be outside the faith of Jesus Christ; and that they may and should, freely and legitimately, enjoy their liberty and the possession of their property; nor should they be in any way enslaved; should the contrary happen, it shall be null and have no effect.  By virtue of Our apostolic authority We define and declare by these present letters, or by any translation thereof signed by any notary public and sealed with the seal of any ecclesiastical dignitary, which shall thus command the same obedience as the originals, that the said Indians and other peoples should be converted to the faith of Jesus Christ by preaching the word of God and by the example of good and holy living." (Sublimus Deus)

            There follows some quotes from the English martyrs before we return to the general chronological presentation:

Saint John Fisher (died A.D. 1535): "Consectanteum est vt quisquis huius veritatis fidem aspernatur, is omnino periturus sit, quum extra Catholicam ecclesiam, nemini salus obuenire queat." (Ver. Corp. 4. prooem, Opera, p.998.)

Saint Thomas More (died A.D. 1535): "Outside the Church there is no salvation, and therefore if the claims of the pope be true at all, then he who denies them imperils his soul." (Dialogue concerning Heresies.)

Saint Edmund Campion, S.J. (died A.D. 1581): "There is but one plain known road: when you wander from this you are lost.  You must be altogether within the House of God, within the walls of salvation, to be sound and safe from injury.  If you wander or walk abroad ever so little, if you carelessly thrust hand or foot out of the Ship, you shall be thrust forth: the door is shut, the ocean roars, you are undone." (Letters from the Saints, Fr. Claude Williamson, London: Wyman and Sons, 1948.)

Saint Henry Walpole, S.J. (died A.D. 1595): "He said that by the grace of God he was in peace with all the world, and prayed God for all, particularly those who were the cause of his death; yet he heartily prayed for them, that God would enlighten them with His truth, bring them back to His Church, and dispose them for His mercy.  He also said: "May His Divine Majesty never suffer me to consent to the least thing by which He may be dishonoured, nor you to desire it of me, and God is my witness, that to all here present, and particularly to my accusers, I wish as to myself the salvation of their souls, and that to this end they may live in the true Catholic Faith, the only way to eternal happiness.""

Saint Robert Southwell, S.J. (died A.D. 1595): "Embrace His mercy before the time of rigour and return to His Church lest He debar you from His kingdom.  He cannot have God for his Father who does not possess the Catholic Church for his Mother.  Turn now the bias of your heart towards the Sanctuary of Salvation and the city of refuge."

            "He cannot have God for his Father that refuses the Catholic Church for his Mother; neither can he attain to the Church Triumphant who is not a member of the Church Militant."

Blessed James Duckett (A.D. 1602): "James Duckett showed great alacrity in his mind, and spoke boldly and cheerfully, to the astonishment of many beholders.  He said of how he professed that he died a Catholic, and that so he had lived; [...] telling the people in general that he was most willing to die for that cause, and that it was as impossible for any one to be saved outside of the Catholic Church as for any to avoid the deluge that was outside of Noah's ark. [...]  And so the cart was drawn from him." (Life of James Duckett, Duckett's Bookshop)

Saint Edmund Arrowsmith, S.J. (died A.D. 1628): "You gentlemen, who are come hither to see my end, bear witness with me that I die a constant Roman Catholic, and for Jesus Christ's sake.  Let not my death be a hindrance to your well-doing and going forward in the Catholic religion, but rather an encouragement therein.  For Jesus' sake have a care for your souls, than which nothing is more precious; and become members of the true Church as you tender your salvation; for hereafter that alone will do you good.  Nothing doth so much grieve me as this England which I pray God soon convert."

Fr. William Ward or Webster (died A.D. 1641): "Hereunto the Sheriff replied, saying, "You die not for point of religion, but for seducing the King's liege subjects."  To this the Holy Martyr answered, he had seduced none, but reduced or converted many, the which he was glad of, and did wish he could not only have converted more, but even all England; because there was no other saving faith than that of the Roman Catholic Church, "and as for this faith, I die myself most willingly, so I say unto you all, that will hope for salvation, you must die in the same faith at least, if not for it."  He hung till he was dead."

Fr. Hugh Green or Ferdinand Brooks (died A.D. 1642): "I am here condemned to die for my religion, and for being a priest. [...]  Against this Roman faith all the sectaries cried out; and all heretics that have been since Christ oppugn this faith, and yet truly out of it none can be saved."

Fr. Edward Morgan or Singleton (died A.D. 1642): "Before he spoke the servant of God kneeled down in the cart, [...]  He began by signing himself with the sign of the cross, [...]  "There is but one God," said he, "one faith, one baptism, one true Church in which is found true hope of salvation, out of which there can be none; and for this true Church of Christ I willingly die." [...]  Then after he had recommended his departing soul by prayer to God, the cart was drawn away, and he was suffered to hang until he was dead, and then he was cut down, bowelled, and quartered."

Fr. Thomas Holland, S.J. (died A.D. 1642): "Arising from the sledge, and perceiving the people to be very silent and attentive in expectation of what he should say, he began to speak to them (making the sign of the cross) to this effect: [...]  Then he proceeded to tell the people that there could be but one true faith, one true Church, and no salvation out of it. [...]  Then shutting his eyes for a while in silent prayer, then looking towards his confessor who was there in the crowd, at this signal given, received his last absolution; after which the cart was drawn away and he was left hanging till he quietly expired; his eyes being observed to remain fixed on heaven, and his hands all the while joined before his breast."

Venerable Francis Bell O.S.F. (died A.D. 1643): "Many officers and other were drawn to the place where he was imprisoned.  One of them asked him what religion he was of. [...]  In fine, at parting, he told them plainly and sincerely that no salvation could be hoped for out of the Catholic Church, and that he wished them all to be even as he was, excepting his present state of confinement. [...]  Then being put up into the cart, and having leave of the Sheriff (who treated him with a great deal of humanity) to speak to the people, he delivered himself to them in these, or the like words: "[...] But above all, I exhort you to renounce heresy, in which you have been so long engaged; for this (with grief I speak it) has cut you off like putrid members from the true body of Christ, and like dead branches from the tree of His Church. [...]  There can be only one Catholic Church, of which I am a member.  This, with the help of God, I will profess till my dying hour.  Rest assured, outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation." He hanged for the space of one Miserere, and then was cut down, dismembered, bowelled, and quartered."

Saint Henry Morse, S.J. (died A.D. 1645): "I am come hither to die for my religion, for that religion which is professed by the Catholic Roman Church, founded by Christ, established by the Apostles, propagated through the ages by an hierarchy always visible to this day, grounded on the testimonies of holy scriptures; upheld by the authority of fathers and councils, out of which, in fine, there can be no hopes of salvation."

Fr. William Lloyd (died A.D. 1679): "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; amen.  Dearly beloved countrymen: It is, even by God's holy providence, that now I am come to the last hour of my mortal life in this miserable world and therefore am desirous to give an account to all the world, in what faith and religion I lived while I was in this world, and in which I am resolved to depart out of this world, which is the only holy Catholic and Apostolical faith and religion, that is, the very same in all points as the apostles themselves lived and died in, [...] which is the only faith in which a man can be saved, and no other. [...]  And to find out the apostolic faith, without which no man can please God, nor consequently be saved, we must find out the eldest faith amongst Christians, which was planted by our Saviour Himself amongst His apostles, which doth still last, and will last for ever."

Saint John Kemble (died A.D. 1679): ""It will be expected I should say something, but as I am an old man, it cannot be much. [...]  I die only for professing the old Roman Catholic religion, which was the religion that first made this kingdom Christian, and whoever intends to be saved must die in that religion." [...]  The cart was drawn away, and he hanged at least half and hour before he was quite dead, the knot of the rope not being rightly applied; though this, as it is believed, happened rather by accident than design."

            We shall now return to the more general chronological presentation.

 
Saint Francis Xavier, S.J. (died A.D. 1552): "Many, many people hereabouts [the East] are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians.  Again and again I have thought of going round the universities of Europe, especially Paris, and everywhere crying out like a madman, riveting the attention of those with more learning than charity: "What a tragedy: how many souls are being shut out of heaven and falling into hell, thanks to you!" (Letter to Saint Ignatius Loyola, S.J.)

            "Eternal God, Creator of all things, remember that the souls of unbelievers have been created by Thee, and formed to Thine own image and likeness.  Behold, O Lord, how hell is being filled with these very souls.  Remember that Jesus Christ Thine only Son, for their salvation, suffered a most cruel death.  Do not permit, O Lord, I beseech Thee, that Thy Divine Don be any more slighted by unbelievers, but rather being appeased by the prayers of Thy saints, and of the Church, the most holy Spouse of Thy Son, deign to be mindful of Thy mercy, and forgetting their idolatry and their unbelief, bring them to know Him Whom Thou didst send, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who is our health, life and resurrection, through Whom we have been redeemed and saved, to Whom be all glory forever.  Amen." (Saint Francis Xavier's Prayer for Unbelievers)

Pope Saint Pius V (A.D. 1566-1572): "He Who reigns on high, to Whom is given all power in Heaven and on earth, has entrusted His Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside of which there is no salvation to one person on earth alone, namely: to Peter, the prince of the Apostles and to Peter's successor, the Roman Pontiff, to be governed by Him with the fullness of power." (Readings in Church History)

Pius issued the Roman Catechism (1566), known also as that of the Council of Trent by which it was ordered, the Council called to deal with the "Protestant" apostasy, and edited under Saint Charles Borromeo:

"That faith thus understood is necessary to salvation no man can reasonably doubt, particularly since it is written: "without faith it is impossible to please God." For as the end proposed to man as his ultimate happiness is far above the reach of human understanding, it was therefore necessary that it should be made known to him by God. This knowledge, however, is nothing else than faith, by which we yield our unhesitating assent to whatever the authority of our Holy Mother the Church teaches us to have been revealed by God." (Part One, The Creed)

"Infidels are outside the Church because they never belonged to, and never knew the Church, and were never made partakers of any of her Sacraments.  Heretics and schismatics are excluded from the Church, because they have separated from her and belong to her only as deserters belong to the army from which they have deserted." (Part 1 article 9 section 3)

            "Among these figures [of the Church] the ark of Noah holds a conspicuous place.  It was built by the command of God, in order that there might be no doubt that it was a symbol of the Church, which God has so constituted that all who enter therein through Baptism, may be safe from danger of eternal death, while such as are outside the Church, like those who were not in the ark, are overwhelmed by their own crimes." (Part 1 article 9 section 5)

            "Moreover, the Church alone has the legitimate worship of sacrifice, and the salutary use of the Sacraments, which are efficacious instruments of divine grace, used by God to produce true holiness.  Hence, to possess true holiness, we must belong to this Church. [...]  All other societies arrogating to themselves the name of "church," must necessarily, because guided by the spirit of the devil, be sunk in the most pernicious errors, both doctrinal and moral. [...]  In Jerusalem only was it lawful to offer sacrifice to God, and in the Church of God only are to be found the true worship and true sacrifice which can at all be acceptable to God." (Part 1 article 9)


 Original Douay-Rheims Bible with original commentary and marginal notes included (A.D. 1582) being the Bible of English speaking Catholics for centuries:

1 Corinthians 13:3: ""And if I should distribute all my goods to be meat for the poor, and if I should deliver my body so that I burn, and have not charity, it doth profit me nothing."
            "3. "Deliver my body".]  "Believe (saith St. Augustine) assuredly and hold for certain, that no Heretic and Schismatic that uniteth not himself to the Catholic Church again, how great alms so ever he give, yea or shed his blood for Christ's name, can possibly be saved."  For, many Heretics by the cloak of Christ's cause, deceiving the simple suffer much.  But where true faith is not, there is no justice, because the just liveth by faith.  So it is also of Schismatics, because where charity is not, justice can there be none: which if they had, they would never pluck in pieces the body of Christ which is the Church. (Aug. seu. Fulg. de fid. ad Pet. c. 39.)  So saith St. Augustine in divers places, not only of Heretics that died directly for defense of their heresy, as the Anabaptists and Calvinists now a days do (for that it is more damnable): but of some Heretics and Schismatics that may die among the Heathen or Turks for defense of truth or some Article of Christ's religion. (Aug. de verb. Do. sr. 50 c. 2. & in Psal. 34 conc. 2 prope finem.; Cypr. de unit. Ec. nu. 8.)"

Ephesians 5:23: ""Because the man is the head of the woman: as Christ is the head of the Church.  Himself, the Saviour of his body."
            "Marginal note: No salvation out of the Catholic Church.
            "23. "Saviour of his body".]  None hath salvation or benefit by Christ, that is not of his body the Church.  And what Church that is, St. Augustine expresseth in these words.  "The Catholic Church only is the body of Christ, whereof he is head.  Out of the body the Holy Ghost quickeneth no man.""

Hebrews 11:6: ""But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and is a rewarder to them that seek him."
            "6. "He that cometh".]  Faith is the foundation and ground of all other virtues and worship of God, without which no man can please God.  Therefore if one be a Jew, a heathen, or an heretic, that is to say, he be without the Catholic faith, all his works shall profit him no whit to salvation."

1 St. John 1:3: ""that you also may have society with us, and our society may be with the Father and with his Son JESUS Christ."
            "Marginal note: No salvation but in the Society of the Church.
            "3. "You may have society".]  St. John showeth manifestly, that whosoever desire to be partakers with God, must first be united to the Church's society, learn that faith, and receive those Sacraments, which the Disciples received of the Truth itself, conversant with them in flesh.  So saith Venerable Bede upon this place.  Whereby we see there is no society with God in sects or schisms, nor anywhere but in the unity, fellowship, and commandment of that Church which can prove itself to descend from the Apostles."

Saint Charles Borromeo, Founder, (died A.D. 1584): "I wish to die in the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church in which all the saints since Jesus Christ have died, and out of which there is no salvation." (Prayer to Guardian Angel)

Saint Peter Canisius S.J., Doctor, (died A.D. 1597): "Outside of this communion, as outside of the ark of Noah, there is absolutely no salvation for mortals: not for Jews or pagans who never received the faith of the Church, nor for heretics who, having received it, corrupted it; not for schismatics who left the peace and unity of the Church; and finally neither for the excommunicated or those who for any other serious cause deserve to be put away and separated from the body of the Church like pernicious members.  For the rule of Cyprian and Augustine is certain: he will not have God for his Father who would not have the Church for his mother." (Catechismi Latini et Germanici)

Saint Robert Bellarmine S.J., Doctor, (died A.D. 1621): "Outside the Church there is no salvation [...] therefore in the symbol [Apostles Creed] we join together the Church with the remission of sins: "I believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins" [...]  For this reason the Church is compared with the ark of Noah, because just as during the deluge, everyone perished who was not in the ark, so now those perish who are not in the Church." (On the Sacrament of Baptism)

            "I believe that for the good Christians there is eternal life full of every happiness and free from every sort of evil; as, on the contrary, for the infidels and bad Christians, there is eternal death full of every misery and deprived of every good." (Compendium)

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