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Salvation and the Catholic Church

Does the Catholic Church teach that only its members are saved?

The answer is a bit complicated, and depends on what you mean by "member" and "Catholic." But it's safe to say three things:
1) Being called a "Catholic" on earth is NOT a one-way ticket to heaven.
2) Being non-Catholic is NOT a one-way ticket to hell.
3) A person can be a member of God's Church without even knowing it.

  • Salvation Outside the Church - brief intro and quotes by early Church Fathers (
  • The Church - verses and some quotes at the end; there's no section specifically about salvation outside the Church, but many of the verses here mention it (
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