The belief that all should submit to the Roman Pontiff
declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for
salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff." (Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull
Unam Sanctam, 1302).
Pope John XXIII:
"And you, venerable brothers, will not fail, in your teaching, to recall to the flocks entrusted to you these grand and salutary truths; we cannot render to God the devotion that is due Him and that is pleasing to Him nor is it possible to be united to Him except through Jesus Christ; and it is not possible to be united to Jesus Christ except in the Church and through the Church, His Mystical Body, and, finally, it is not possible to belong to the Church except through the bishops, successors of the Apostles, united to the Supreme Pastor, the successor of Peter." (Pope John XXIII, Address on the creation of three new dioceses on Taiwan, L'Osseratore Romano, June 29, 1961).
Himself is the door of the sheepfold: 'I am the door of the sheep.' Into this fold of
Jesus Christ, no man may enter unless he be led by the Sovereign Pontiff; and only if they
be united to him can men be saved, for the Roman Pontiff is the Vicar of Christ and His
personal representative on earth." (Pope John XXIII in his homily to the Bishops and
faithful assisting at his coronation on November 4, 1958).
Pope Pius XII:
Mother of Mercy and Refuge of Sinners! We beseech thee to look with pitying eyes on poor
heretics and schismatics. Do thou, who art the Seat of Wisdom, enlighten the minds
wretchedly enfolded in the darkness of ignorance and sin, that they may clearly recognize
the Holy, Catholic, Roman Church to be the only true Church of Jesus Christ, outside of
which neither sanctity nor salvation can be found. Call them to the unity of the one fold,
granting them the grace to believe every truth of our holy faith and to submit themselves
to the Supreme Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, that, thus being united
with us by the sweet chains of charity, there may soon be but one fold under one and the
same Shepherd; and may we all thus, O Glorious Virgin, exultantly sing forever:
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Thou alone hast destroyed all heresies in the whole
world! Amen." (Pope Pius XII, The Raccolta, Benzinger Brothers, Boston,
1957, No. 626).
"This is our
last lesson to you: receive it, engrave it in your minds, all of you: by God's commandment
salvation is to be found nowhere but in the Church; the strong and effective instrument of
salvation is none other than the Roman Pontificate." (Pope Leo XIII, Allocution for
the 25th anniversary of his election, February 20, 1903; Papal Teachings: The Church,
Benedictine Monks of Solesmes, St. Paul Editions, Boston, 1962, par. 653).
Pope Innocent III:
"There is but
one universal Church of the faithful, outside which no one at all is saved." (Pope
Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.)
Pope Eugene IV:
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, 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 Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441.)
Pope Pius XI:
in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and
obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors." (Pope Pius
XI, Encyclical, Mortalium animos, January 6, 1928, The Papal Encyclicals,
Claudia Carlen, I.H.M., McGrath Publishing Co., 1981, pp. 317, 318). Have
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"Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors." (Pope Pius XI, Encyclical, Mortalium animos, January 6, 1928, The Papal Encyclicals, Claudia Carlen, I.H.M., McGrath Publishing Co., 1981, pp. 317, 318).
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