It’s also heresy to assume that LG 16 contradicts AG 7
According to Cardinal Luis Ladaria S.J, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican Lumen Gentium 16 is an exception to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.The dogma on exclusive salvation has the same message as Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II. It says all need Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation.
For Cardinal Luis Ladaria those saved in invincible ignorance (LG 16) or with an “unconscious yearning” or desire are visible to us.They are known to us and so are explicit exceptions to Ad Gentes 7 and Cantate Domino, Council of Florence. For invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire to be exceptions, they would have to be known and visible to us.
So Cardinal Luis Ladaria’s understanding of Lumen Gentium 16 is that it refers to explicitly known cases of non Catholics saved in invincible ignorance and a good conscience. This is the interpretation of Vatican Council II which the cardinal and the Congergation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) expect the Society of St.Pius X(SSPX) to accept in public.
The SSPX has to affirm this interpretation of Vatican Council II to get its canonical status recognized.
Cardinal Luis Ladaria’s interpretation is approved by the Jewish Left and the newspapers and media they oversee world wide.
However the text of Lumen Gentium 16 does not say that we know persons saved in invincible ignorance or a good conscience.Neither does it state that these cases are explicit exceptions to the dogma.
So Cardinal Ladaria has no supporting text in Vatican Council II. He cannot reference any text which allows him to imply that LG 16 is a defacto, explicit exception to the dogma which teaches there is exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church. There is also no Vatican Council II text which contradicts Ad Gentes 7.
The SSPX acknowledges Vatican Council II as an historical event, a reality. This should be sufficient.
Catholic priests in Rome, who offer the Novus Ordo Mass and who are not members of the SSPX ,have said that we do not know any case of persons saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire.
So how can the SSPX or any faithful Catholic be expected to accept this strawman version of Vatican Council II approved by Rabbi Rosen, the ADL and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel?
The SSPX must accept an interpretation of Vatican Council II, and in reality they do accept it, which is in agreement with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.For centuries this dogma was interpreted as teaching exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church.
The SSPX can endorse Vatican Council II as a continuation of Tradition, with respect to the salvation dogma. They can note that the cardinal interprets Vatican Council II as a break from Tradition and the salvation dogma.
The SSPX can also ask the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to tell us in public if all religious communities( Franciscans, Dominicans etc) besides the SSPX, can accept the literal interpretation of the dogma, alongwith Vatican Council II in accord with the dogma and also accept implicit baptism of desire and being saved in invincible ignorance.
Implicit baptism of desire and being saved in invincible ignorance are understood as not being explicit exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla saluls or Ad Gentes 7.
So the dogma and Vatican Council II are not opposed to ecumenism, inter religious dialogue and religious liberty as it was traditionally understood in the Church.
The SSPX or some other Catholic religious organisation, could call a Press Conference to explain these points and then to ask the CDF to kindly explain their position.
Most important- do they know of visible cases on earth, of non Catholics, saved in invincible ignorance and with the baptism of desire, a good conscience and ‘seeds of the Word’ (Vatican Council II).
Canon Law does not expect a Catholic to affirm heresy. In this case it is the rejection of the defined dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus, Vatican Council II (Ad Gentes 7), Dominus Iesus 20, Catechism of the Catholic Church 846 and an exaggeration of Lumen Gentium 16, as being opposed to the dogma and Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II.