Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Forgotten Teachings: No Salvation Outside the Church


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THE CREED "QUICUMQUE"
[which is called "Athanasian"]


This creed, which is one of the four official creeds of the Church, dates back from the Fourth to the Sixth Centuries.


DS 39 [75]: "Whoever wishes to be saved must, above all, keep the Catholic faith. For unless a person keeps this faith whole and entire, he will undoubtedly be lost forever. This is what the catholic faith teaches:.... He, therefore, who wishes to be saved, must believe thus about the Trinity.... It is also necessary for eternal salvation that he believes steadfastly in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.... This is the Catholic faith. Everyone must believe it, firmly and steadfastly; otherwise He cannot be saved. Amen."


DS 39 [75]: "Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem: Quam nisi quisque integram inviolatamque servaverit, absque dubio in aeternam peribit. Fides autem catholica haec est:... Qui vult ergo salvus esse, ita de Trinitate sentiat.... Sed necessarium est ad aeternam salutem, ut incarnationem quoque Domini nostri Iesu Christi fideliter credat.... Haec est fides catholica, quam nisi quisque fideliter firmiterque crediderit, salvus esse non poterit. Amen."
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