- Cantate Domino--“The holy Roman Church believes, professes, and preaches that no one remaining outside the Catholic Church, not just pagans, but also Jews or heretics or schismatics, can become partakers of eternal life; but they will go to the ‘everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels’ (Matt. 25:41), unless before the end of life they are joined to the Church. For the union with the body of the Church is of such importance that the sacraments of the Church are helpful to salvation only for those remaining in it; and fasts, almsgiving, other works of piety, and the exercise of Christian warfare bear eternal rewards for them alone. And no one can be saved, no matter how much alms he has given, even if he sheds his blood for the name of Christ, unless he abide(1) in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.(2) [SOURCE]
The “Catholic Replies” column, apparently took their usual latitudinarian interpretation, of the above dogmatic statement, that piece, which we have not seen, brought a response from Father Brian Harrison, O.S., S.T.D, a learned pontifical university theologian.