And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
Gospel of Saint Matthew.
When Catholics say they believe in ‘One, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church’ they refer to scripture and a church sanctified by Jesus Christ and was given to Peter. Saint Peter was, in effect, the first Pope. After him came Saint Linus, Saint Anacletus, Saint Clement and so on until nearly two thousand years later, Pope Francis. This is mentioned because of the context of authority. A Church created by God.
What follows are my thoughts on the Catechism of Saint Pius X especially with regard to The Ninth Article of the Creed and the sub-chapter entitled, The Church in Particular. Here we find a doctrinal teaching considered by many liberals and modernists to be controversial. This is what it says:
Q. Can one be saved outside the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church?
A. No, no one can be saved outside the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church, just as no one could be saved from the flood outside the Ark of Noah, which was a figure of the Church.
This doctrinal teaching was published in 1908 and as far as I am aware has never been revoked.
So for those who contest the Catholic doctrine of, ‘No salvation outside the Church’, I in turn ask, why then would Jesus Christ build His Church on earth, if it was not absolutely necessary for the salvation of souls?
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