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“We confess one baptism for the remission of sins.” - The Nicene Constantinople Creed, 381, dogma.


Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Canons on the Sacrament of Baptism, Can. 5:

“if anyone shall say that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation (John 3:5):let him be anathema.”


Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne, 1311-1312, dogma:

“Besides, one baptism which regenerates all who are baptized in Christ must be faithfully confessed by all just as ‘one God and one faith’ [Eph. 4:5], which celebrated in waterin the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit we believe to be commonly the perfect remedy for salvation for adults as for children.”


Pope Eugene IV, The Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” Nov. 22, 1439, dogma: 

“Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church.  And since death entered the universe through the first man, ‘unless we are born of water and the Spirit, we cannot,’ as the Truth says, ‘enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (John 3:5).  The matter of this sacrament is real and natural water.”


Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 6, Chap. 7 on Justification, dogma:

“… the instrumental cause [of Justification] is the sacrament of baptism, which is „the sacrament of faith” without faith no one is ever justified… this faith, in accordance with apostolic tradition, catechumens beg of the church before the sacrament of baptism, when they ask for ‘faith which bestows life eternal,’ which without hope and charity faith cannot bestow.”


Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Sess. 5, on original sin, dogma:

“If anyone asserts that this sin of Adam... is taken away either by the forces of human nature, or by any remedy other than the merit of the one mediator, our Lord Jesus Christ, who has reconciled us to God in his own blood, ‘made unto us justice, sanctification, and redemption’ (1 Cor. 1:30); or if he denies that the merit of Jesus Christ is applied to adults as well as to infants by the sacrament of baptism… let him be anathema.”


Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, Constitution 1, 1215, dogma:

“But the sacrament of baptism is consecrated in water at the invocation of the undivided Trinity – namely, Father, Son and Holy Ghost – and brings salvation to both children and adults when it is correctly carried out by anyone in the form laid down by the Church.”


Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, “Letentur coeli,” Sess. 6, July 6, 1439, dogma:

“We define also that… the souls of those who depart this life in actual mortal sin, or in original sin alone, go straightaway to hell, but to undergo punishments of different kinds.”


Pope Benedict XIV, Nuper ad nos, March 16, 1743, dogma:

“Likewise (I profess) that baptism is necessary for salvation, and hence, if there is imminent danger of death, it should be conferred at once and without delay, and that it is valid if conferred with the right matter and form and intention by anyone, and at any time.”


 "We know that salvation belongs to the Church alone, and that no one can partake of Christ nor be saved outside the Catholic Church and the Catholic Faith." - Saint John Chrysostom, Doctor, (died A.D. 407)


POPE PIUS IV, Council of Trent, “Iniunctum nobis,” Nov. 13, 1565, dogma:
“This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved… I now profess and truly hold…”

Pope Benedict XIV, Nuper ad nos, March 16, 1743, dogma:

“This faith of the Catholic Church, without which no one can be saved, and which of my own accord I now profess and truly hold…”


Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Bull Cantate Domino, 1442, dogma:

“… the holy Roman Church, founded on the words of our Lord and Savior, firmly believes, professes and preaches one true God, almighty, immutable and eternal, Father, Son and Holy Spirit… Therefore it (the Church) condemns, rejects, anathematizes and declares to be outside the Body of Christ [and of God], which is the Church, whoever holds opposing or contrary views.”

POPE EUGENE IV, Council of Florence, Sess. 8, Nov. 22, 1439, dogma:
“Whoever wishes to be saved, needs above all to hold the Catholic faith; unless each one preserves this whole and inviolate, he will without a doubt perish in eternity.”



Outside the Church there is no salvation (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)


Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, Constitution 1, 1215, dogma:

“There is indeed one universal church of the faithful, outside of which nobody at all is saved, in which Jesus Christ is both priest and sacrifice.”


Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus
Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Cantate Domino (1441), dogma:
"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; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church."


POPE BONIFACE VIII, Unam Sanctam, Nov. 18, 1302, dogma:
“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 of which there is no salvation nor remission of sin… Furthermore, we declare, say, define, and proclaim to every human creature that they by absolute necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff.”

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