No Salvation outside the Catholic Church

Catholic Candle note:

If people are only warned once against the principal errors of our Time, most of them will not keep the Faith.  They must be reminded periodically about each of these errors and the opposing Catholic Truth.  They will appreciate these reminders if they love the Faith, just like a man loves hearing people mention his spouse, if he loves her.  

People are continually bombarded with liberalism from all sides.  They will gradually and imperceptibly succumb to liberalism if they simply are not regularly warned and reminded about these errors which are foisted upon them from all sides.  

We see this happening now among the N-SSPX’s followers because that group has largely stopped preaching regularly against Vatican II[1] (as the SSPX used to do).  The article below reviews a crucial Catholic dogma and the N-SSPX’s recent public doubting of this dogma.


There is No Salvation outside the Catholic Church

The Catholic Faith infallibly teaches that only Catholics go to heaven, because there is No Salvation outside the Catholic Church.

The Council of Florence and Pope Eugene IV infallibly declare:

The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the ‘eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Matthew 25:41), unless before death they are joined with Her”.

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Pope Boniface VIII infallibly declares:

With Faith urging us, we are forced to believe and to hold the one, holy, Catholic Church and that, apostolic, and we firmly believe and simply confess this (Church) outside which there is neither salvation, nor remission of sin”.

Unam Sanctam, 1302, Denz. 468.

Pope Sylvester II infallibly declares:

I believe that in Baptism all sins are forgiven, that one which was committed originally as much as those which are voluntarily committed, and I profess that outside the Catholic Church no one is saved.

Pope Sylvester II’s Profession of Faith, 991 AD.

Pope Innocent III infallibly declares:

By the heart, we believe and by the mouth we confess the one Church, not of heretics but the Holy Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside which we believe that no one is saved.  

Fitts exemplo, 1208, Denz. 423.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Greatest Doctor of the Church, declares:

[T]here is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the Ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved.  

Commentary on the Apostles’ Creed, at the article “The Holy Catholic Church”.

Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, declares:

He who is separated from the body of the Catholic Church, however laudable his conduct may otherwise seem, will never enjoy eternal life, and the anger of God remains on him by reason of the crime of which he is guilty in living separated from Christ.  

St. Augustine’s Epistle 141.

Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church, declares:

The Holy Catholic Church teaches that … all those who are separated from Her will not be saved.  

De Moralis, bk.14, §5.

Pope Pius IX declares:

There is only one true, holy, Catholic Church, which is the Apostolic Roman Church.  There is only one See founded in Peter by the word of the Lord, outside of which we cannot find either true faith or eternal salvation.  He who does not have the Church for a mother cannot have God for a father, and whoever abandons the See of Peter on which the Church is established trusts falsely that he is in the Church.

Singulari Quidem, §4.

Pope Pius XI declares:

The Catholic Church alone is keeping the true worship.  This is the font of truth, this is the house of faith, this is the temple of God; if any man enters not here, or if any man goes forth from it, he is a stranger to the hope of life and salvation.

Mortalium Animos, §11.

Saint Cyprian of Carthage, a Father of the Church, in writing against the heretics of his time who denied the “faith and truth of the Catholic Church”, declared that “there is no salvation out of the Church”.  3rd Century, Letter LXXII, To Jubaianus, Concerning the Baptism of Heretics, ¶¶ 20 & 21.

The Conciliar Church, the N-SSPX, and Bishop Williamson All Publicly Doubt the Dogma

The conciliar church promotes the idea of holiness and salvation outside the Catholic Church.  For example, Vatican II declares that the Jews who have not converted to the Catholic Faith “remain most dear to God”.[2]  Likewise, Pope John Paul II declared that Buddhists and other non-Catholics (as well as Catholics), are part of the “Church of the Living God”.[3]

As the “new” SSPX and Bishop Williamson are becoming more liberal, they are adopting more conciliar errors.[4]  For example, Bishop Williamson doubts the dogma that there is No Salvation outside the Catholic Church.[5] 

Recently, the N-SSPX’s superior general, Fr. Davide Pagliarani, doubted this same dogma.  Here are his words:

If a soul can be saved outside the Catholic Church, it is despite the error in which it finds itself, and not thanks to it, and in any case, it is saved by Jesus Christ alone.[6]

Fr. Pagliarani here asserts the possibility that someone can be saved outside the Catholic Church.  When Fr. Pagliarani says:

if a soul can be saved outside the Catholic Church … it is saved by Jesus


this is a shocking and Faith-destroying statement which suggests the impossible might be possible, leading many souls into liberalism.  

Moreover, Fr Pagliarani contradicts himself.  Jesus Christ saves souls by incorporating them into Himself.  That is the only reason why God’s elect have their sins forgiven.  The Body of Christ is the same thing as the Catholic Church. This is why Pius XI (above) described the Church as the temple of God, which was the way Jesus referred to His Body.  St Paul uses both expressions to refer to his early converts and explain to them how Christ was atoning for their sin by incorporating them into Himself.  See 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 12:13, 27; Col. 2:11-14; John 2:19-22.

Faithful and informed Catholics would never entertain Fr. Pagliarani’s Faith-denying doubt that there might be salvation outside the Catholic Church even on the condition that salvation outside the Church was still through Jesus Christ.  The statement is similar to:

if the devil can go to heaven, he is saved by Jesus Christ.

Faithful and informed Catholics would never say this about the devil even on condition!  Yet the devil has as much chance of gaining heaven as does someone who dies outside the Catholic Church – that is, no chance!

Faithful and informed Catholics affirm the dogma that outside the Catholic Church “no one is saved.”  Quoted from Fitts exemplo, 1208, Denz. 423 (emphasis added).  

Fr. Pagliarani proves in other ways too, that he is a coward and a doctrinal weakling.  In this same interview, he is directly asked if Jews must become Catholic.  Here is the interviewer’s question:

Do the Jews also have to convert to the Catholic Church, as you say for Protestants?[7]

Weak Fr. Pagliarani does not answer that question which a faithful and informed Catholic could easily answer.  Instead, he gives the non-answer that: 1) priests used to take the anti-modernist oath; and 2) Jews who wished to join the Catholic Church are allowed to enter.  Here is his full answer to the interviewer’s question whether “the Jews also have to convert to the Catholic Church”:

Modernism is one of the most dangerous errors. Until the Second Vatican Council, the Church asked all priests to take the anti-modernist oath, which I have also taken.  As for Judaism, it would be an unforgivable sin to exclude the Jewish people from the assets and the treasures of the Catholic Church.  The salvific mission of the Church is universal, and she cannot leave out any people.[8]

Fr. Pagliarani and the “new” SSPX betray the Catholic Faith!  They neither speak the truth freely nor defend it boldly.  Thus, they betray God and the Catholic Faith.  Here is how St. Thomas declares this truth:

He who does not speak the truth freely also betrays it, for it must be freely spoken; also, he who does not defend it boldly, betrays it, for it must be boldly defended.[9]


The conciliar church leaders betray the Faith.  Beware: the traitors who are leading the N-SSPX and the Williamson group are leading their followers along the same conciliar path of modernism!

[1]          For example, Fr. Daniel Cooper, SSPX, wrote regarding people who want the SSPX “to be attacking Vatican II from the pulpit. Very rarely is there a good reason to do this.”  Read the longer quote here:

Fr. Cooper followed the liberal new direction of the SSPX.  He has since died.  The N-SSPX declared he entered heaven on the date he died.  Read the quote here, taken from the SSPX’s own source:


Please pray for the repose of Fr. Cooper’s soul.

[2]          Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, §16.

[3]          Here is the longer quote from Pope John Paul II (before he became pope):

O God of infinite majesty!  The Trappist or the Carthusian confesses this God by a whole life of silence.  The Bedouin wandering in the desert turns toward him when the hour of prayer approaches.  And this Buddhist monk absorbed in contemplation, who purifies his spirit in turning it towards Nirvana: but is it only towards Nirvana?  …  The Church of the Living God unites in her precisely these peoples who in some manner participate to [sic] this admirable and fundamental transcendence of the human spirit, because she knows that no one can appease the most profound aspirations of this spirit but He alone, the God of infinite majesty.

Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, The Sign of Contradiction, Ed. Fayard, 1979, pp. 31-32.

[4]            Bishop Williamson rarely or never publicly condemns the N-SSPX’s liberalism and in fact, agrees with much of it.  His only frequent criticism of the N-SSPX is its seeking a deal with modernist Rome.  While such a deal will hasten the N-SSPX’s descent into ever-greater liberalism, the N-SSPX is continually becoming more liberal now.

[5]          Read Bishop Williamson’s own words about non-Catholics going to heaven, quoted from his own source, in this article:

[6]          Words of Father Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, quoted from the interview he gave to the Austrian daily newspaper the Salzburger Nachrichten, and published on December 15, 2018.  This interview can be found here:

 (emphasis added).

[8]          Words of Father Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, quoted from the interview he gave to the Austrian daily newspaper the Salzburger Nachrichten, and published on December 15, 2018.  This interview can be found here:

 (emphasis added).

St. Thomas Aquinas, The Ways of God for Meditation and Prayer, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, ©2007, p.97.