Bishop Bernard Fellay the Superior General of the Society of St.Pius X (SSPX) in his last Letter to Friends and Benefactors no. 82 says 'The same declaration (LG. 8) also recognizes the presence of “salvific elements” in non-Catholic Christian communities' and the SSPX bishop concludes that 'Such statements are irreconcilable with the dogma “No salvation outside of the Church,” which was reaffirmed by a Letter of the Holy Office on August 8, 1949.'
1. We do not know any one in 2014 who is saved outside the Church, i.e without Catholic Faith and baptism.So how is LG 8 an exception to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus as it was known to the Church Councils, the popes and saints'?
Why is LG 8 an explicit exception to all needing the baptism of water in the Catholic Church ?
2.Secondly how can the Letter of the Holy Office 1949 'reaffirm' the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus? There was no magisterial document before 1949, which inferred that the baptism of desire was visible for us.Also no pre- 1949 Church document states that these cases of the baptism of desire etc are explicit exceptions to the traditional interpretation of the dogma on exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church. The Letter of the Holy Office 1949 infers that the baptism of desire is an exception to the dogma.In other words ir is relevant.How can it be relevant if we do not know any such case in real life.? -Lionel Andrades
August 24, 2014