Saturday, December 19, 2009



A professor of ecclesiology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome has written a book in Italian which refutes the Catholic dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.Her ‘research’ of the Church Fathers indicates that extra ecclesiam nulla salus does not mean everyone needs to enter the Catholic Church. Prof. Sandra Mazzolini, was a key speaker at the Urbaniana University Conference thiis month to celebrate the centenary next year of the Edinburgh 2010 meeting on Mission.

According to the daily Avvenire (Dec.4,2009) she mentioned Vatican Council II and its openness to the ecumenical path and a missionary style in dialogue with the world and the culture of peoples.

Mazzolini was contradicting an ex cathedra teaching of the Catholic Church on extra ecclesiam nulla salus and made no mention of Vatican Council II indicating that educated participants at ecumenical meetings are oriented to Hell unless they convert.

Sandra Mazzolini is the author of the book Chiesa e salvezza.L’extra Ecclesiam nulla salus in epoca patristica (Urbaniana University Press,Rome 2008).

14. This Sacred Council wishes to turn its attention firstly to the Catholic faithful. Basing itself upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition, it teaches that the Church, now sojourning on earth as an exile, is necessary for salvation. Christ, present to us in His Body, which is the Church, is the one Mediator and the unique way of salvation. In explicit terms He Himself affirmed the necessity of faith and baptism(124) and thereby affirmed also the necessity of the Church, for through baptism as through a door men enter the Church. Whosoever, therefore, knowing that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ, would refuse to enter or to remain in it, could not be saved…-Lumen Gentium 14,Vatican Council II. Emphasis added)

Here are the ex cathedra dogmatic teachings that
she refutes.It is a first class heresy for a Catholic.

Outside the Church there is no Salvation

“Outside the Church there is no salvation” is a doctrine of the Catholic Faith that was taught By Jesus Christ to His Apostles, preached by the Fathers, defined by popes and councils and piously believed by the faithful in every age of the Church. Here is how the Popes defined it:

  • “There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside which no one at all is saved.” (Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.)
  • “We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.” (Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302.)
  • “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, 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.)  -from the website
Mazzolini, an Italian,since  May 2004 has been an associate professor in the Faculty of Missiology at the Pontifical University Urbaniana. Her bio data does not say if she is a Catholic.


Steve Hayes said...

I find the post a little confusing. Did she really refute this teaching, or did she just criticise it?

Catholic Mission said...

I do not make a distinction betwen criticizing and refuting a teaching.
May be you believe Pilate and Judas were just expressing an opinion ?