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Old 25th September 2017, 10:37 PM
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I came across this letter of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office issued in 1949 which explains regarding the development of the 'outside the Church there is no salvation' doctrine. It had the full approval of Supreme Pontiff, His Holiness, Pope Pius XII as stated in the following link, and in explaining such doctrine, it teaches the following:

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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.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdffeeny.htm

It was Christ Himself who built His Church on Peter and the Apostles in communion with Peter (Matt 16:17-19) (Matt 18:18 ) (Luke 10:16).
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I came across this letter of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office issued in 1949 which explains regarding the development of the 'outside the Church there is no salvation' doctrine. It had the full approval of Supreme Pontiff, His Holiness, Pope Pius XII as stated in the following link, and in explaining such doctrine, it teaches the following:

http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdffeeny.htm

It was Christ Himself who built His Church on Peter and the Apostles in communion with Peter (Matt 16:17-19) (Matt 18:18 ) (Luke 10:16).

The Church also teaches:

It sometimes happens that some dogmatic truth is first expressed incompletely (but not falsely), and at a later date, when considered in a broader context of faith or human knowledge, it receives a fuller and more perfect expression.
CDF, The Mystery of the Church, 5

Essentially, the teaching you quoted says that it is an objective mortal sin, knowing the Church, to refuse to enter Her. But only if it is also an actual mortal sin, from which one does not repent (even implicitly), will the person suffer eternal punishment.
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Old 26th September 2017, 12:57 PM
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Yes, the 'outside the Church there is not salvation' is an example of development of doctrine and what the CDF, The Mystery of the Church, 5 teaches, how at later times it has received fuller and more perfect expression. Some traditionalists get stuck with a narrow definition and are not open to the new teachings and insights from the Magisterium.
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