NO SALVATION OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
If you are asked, "Where is the exact
meaning of the maxim, 'No salvation outside the Catholic Church',
what are you to say about it? "
The simplest way to put it, I think, is this
- there is no other religious body in the world except the Catholic
Church which makes a supernatural contribution to a man's chances of
He may receive natural help from some other
source. His conscience may be stirred by the preaching of the
Salvation Army, or he may learn a useful habit of mental prayer from
the Buddhist, or his sense of worship may be stimulated by the
beauty of the ceremonies which he witnesses at the Church of the
Cowley Fathers. But there's only one religious body whose
membership, of itself, tends to procure our salvation, and that is
the Catholic Church.
If anybody is saved without visible
membership of it, he is saved, not because he's an Anglican, not
because he's a Methodist, not because he is a Quaker but for one
reason only -- he is Catholic without knowing it.
Blessed John Cardinal Newman.