Father Feeney was an American priest who, back in the 1940s, taught that if a person was not a Roman Catholic, they were condemned to hell. This has never been the accepted teaching of Catholicism, and Father Feeney was reprimanded by the Vatican for his mistaken understanding.
Never thought Catholics believed this in the first place, but great to learn for sure.
It is important to remember that "the Church" in this phrase does not refer exclusively to the Roman Catholic Church. Salvation is a great gift, and God is a loving Father who wants all of his children to receive it. How he works this out, however, we will only understand in heaven. That is why, whenever we quote "Outside the Church, there is no salvation", we should also remember that "God is in no way bound by the sacraments."
Nice, clean summary. And yes, the "Church" is made up of *all* those who have found Salvation in Christ, regardless of denomination.
posted on 01/02/2002 1:35:38 PM PST
Ecclesia .. the church ... the called out (from the world) body of believers.
Baptism is an ordinance and object of obedience, but not a needed part of/for salvation.
posted on 01/02/2002 1:44:01 PM PST
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