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The Catholic Church has traditionally declared, "There is no salvation outside the Church", meaning, "outside the Catholic Church". To the best of my knowledge, this is still the teaching of the Catholic Church. See, for example, No Salvation Outside the Church. Let me add that, as a Baptist, I don't find anything particularly remarkable or offensive about ...


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The language of the Council of Trent you quoted is clear and answers your question: "If anyone denies…" etc. Thus, that proposition clearly applies to anyone, Catholic or Protestant, Jew, pagan, etc. One must profess the Catholic Faith to be a member of the Catholic Church. "Anathema sit" ("let him be anathema") simply professes the heretic's non-membership ...


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The Catholic Church certainly did historically condemn Protestants and all who questioned its teaching, but this is one area in which change has occurred. The Second Vatican Council, which met in 1962, issued a Declaration on Religious Freedom, with the subtitle “On the Right of the Person and of Communities to Social and Civil Freedom in Religious ...



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