Religious Movements, Roman Catholicism

Salvation: in the Roman Catholic Church and for Non-Catholics

Below are quotes on salvation from the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.  These pertain to Salvation within the Catholic Church and for non-Catholics as official doctrine.  The numbers indicate the section where these quotes can be found in the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.  The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church contains official doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.

Salvation Only In The Roman Catholic Church

846 Outside the Church there is no salvation – Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

Salvation For Those Outside The Roman Catholic Church

841 The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.

847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:  Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation.

These are official quotes from the Roman Catholic Church on what Roman Catholics are taught, and what Roman Catholics believe.  If you have questions about Roman Catholics or about this information pleasecontact us.

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