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VATICAN COUNCIL II SAYS OUTSIDE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THERE IS NO SALVATION
Lets continue with the understanding of the Catholic Church.In the Letter of the Holy Office to the Archbishop of Boston relative to Fr.Leonard Feeney (1949) the Church affirms 'the dogma', the 'infallible' teaching.
6) Catholic seminarians are taught the Principle of Non Contradiction. For example we cannot say that Judaism is the ordinary means of salvation and also say that the Catholic Faith is the ordinary means of salvation.
So it would be useful answer questions with reference to the de jure and de facto level and the extraordinary and ordinary means of salvation. It important for precision on this subject.
The excommunication was lifted against Fr. Feeney, during his lifetime, even though he never retracted his belief in Outside the Church There Is No Salvation.’(Sullivan, Salvation Outside the Church? p.203). Quote: When Fr. Feeney died on January 30, 1978, he died as a son of the Church’ (Hogan, p.303.)
(Ref: Salvation outside the Church? By Francis A Sullivan, S.J. Paulist Press. p.203 (1992) and Dissent from the Creed, by Richard M .Hogan, Our Sunday Visitor Books.p.301 and 304(2001).The epitaph on his gravestone remains: EXTRA ECCLESIAM NULLA
SALUS. (Outside the Church No Salvation.).‘Is his epitaph, then, a heresy, or a dogma of Catholic
faith? It is not a heresy, of course...’ (Sullivan.p.204).
DECREETHE PRIEST LEONARD FEENEY IS DECLARED EXCOMMUNICATEDSince the priest Leonard Feeney, a resident of Boston (Saint
Benedict Center), who for a long time has been suspended a divinis for grave
disobedience toward church authority, has not, despite repeated warnings and
threats of incurring excommunication ipso facto, come to his senses, the Most
Eminent and Reverend Fathers, charged with safeguarding matters of faith and
morals, have, in a Plenary Session held on Wednesday 4 February 1953, declared
him excommunicated with all the effects of the law.On Thursday, 12 February 1953, our Most Holy Lord Pius
XII, by Divine Providence Pope, approved and confirmed the decree of the Most
Eminent Fathers, and ordered that it be made a matter of public law.Given at Rome, at the headquarters of the Holy Office,
13 February 1953. Marius Crovini, Notary ,AAS (February 16, 1953) Vol. XXXXV,
Page 100- Decree of Excommunication, 13 February 1953– Excommunicating Leonard Feeney
Now, in the first place, the Church teaches that in this matter there is
question of a most strict command of Jesus Christ. For He explicitly enjoined on
His apostles to teach all nations to observe all things whatsoever He Himself
had commanded (Matt. 28: 19-20). …Now, among the commandments of Christ, that one holds not the least place by which we are commanded to be incorporated by baptism into the Mystical Body of Christ, which is the Church, and to remain united to Christ and to His Vicar, through whom He Himself in a visible manner governs the Church on earth. Therefore, no one will be saved who, knowing the Church to have been divinely established by Christ, nevertheless refuses to submit to the Church or withholds obedience from the Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth. Not only did the Savior command that all nations should enter the Church, but He also decreed the Church to be a means of salvation without which no one can enter the kingdom of eternal glory…Pius XII – Letter of the Holy Office to the Archbishop of Boston, August 8, 1949(Emphasis added)
In His infinite mercy God has willed that the effects,
necessary for one to be saved, of those helps to salvation which are directed
toward man’s final end, not by intrinsic necessity, but only by divine
institution, can also be obtained in certain circumstances when
those helps are used only in desire and longing. The same in its own degree must
be asserted of the Church, in as far as she is the general help to salvation.
Therefore, that one may obtain eternal salvation, it is not always required that
he be incorporated into the Church actually as a member, but it is necessary
that at least he be united to her by desire and longing... (Emphasis
added)This is the exceptional, extraordinary way. The ordinary way is Catholic Faith and the Baptism of water.
Rev. Leonard Feeney, S.J., because of grave offense against the laws of the
Catholic Church has lost the right to perform any priestly function, including
preaching and teaching of religion. Any Catholics who frequent St. Benedict’s
Center, or who in any way take part in or assist its activities forfeit the
right to receive the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Eucharist. Given at Boston on
the 18th day of April, 1949. - Decree of Archbishop of Boston, April 18, 1949 –
Suppressing Feeney and SBC Richard J. Cushing, Archbishop of Boston – Decree
Regarding Leonard Feeney, April 18, 1949
- This was even though the Letter affirmed the dogma and supported Fr.Leonard Feeney on doctrine.