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Holding the Catholic Faith is Necessary for Salvation

Private Epistle #1


As declared by Our Predecessors, holding to the Catholic Faith is required for salvation by all adult men and women, and children who have reached the age of reason. This faith can be explicit or implicit, but one can never hold to a proposition that contradicts a dogma of faith, and still hold to faith.  The essential mysteries (the Apostles Creed), must always be held explicitly.  Certain mysteries of faith must be held by every Catholic explicitly, while the more complicated dogmas may be believed only implicitly.


“And so Our Predecessor, Benedict XIV, had just cause to write: ‘We declare that a great number of those who are condemned to eternal punishment suffer that everlasting calamity because of ignorance of those mysteries of faith which must be known and believed in order to be numbered among the elect.’” Encyclical Acerbo Nimis, Pope Pius X, April 15, 1905.


The Athanasian Creed, an infallible dogmatic creed of the Church, defined at the Council of Florence and from the earliest centuries, teaches that a man must hold and believe the Catholic Faith to be saved. The "faith", as defined at Vatican I, is the set of propositions that were once revealed by Christ and the Apostles and then taught as something to be believed with Divine and Catholic Faith, either in a formal solemn dogmatic pronouncement by the extraordinary magisterium of the Roman Pontiff, or through the ordinary teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff with all of the bishops. This Catholic Faith must be held whole and inviolate by men, with no exceptions. The Athanasian Creed specifically decreed:


Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.  (Athanasian Creed)


Thus, if a man holds any proposition contrary to the faith, he is outside of salvation. Anyone who denies any of the advanced dogmas of the Catholic faith by explicitly denying what must be held implicitly, is immediately alien to the Church and cast out of her.  This commonly known teaching was reiterated by Pope Leo XIII in Satis Cognitum:


The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium. Epiphanius, Augustine, Theodoret, drew up a long list of the heresies of their times. St. Augustine notes that other heresies may spring up, to a single one of which, should any one give his assent, he is by the very fact cut off from Catholic unity. "No one who merely disbelieves in all (these heresies) can for that reason regard himself as a Catholic or call himself one. For there may be or may arise some other heresies, which are not set out in this work of ours, and, if any one holds to one single one of these he is not a Catholic" (S. Augustinus, De Haeresibus, n. 88)…. For such is the nature of faith that nothing can be more absurd than to accept some things and reject others. Faith, as the Church teaches, is "that supernatural virtue by which, through the help of God and through the assistance of His grace, we believe what he has revealed to be true, not on account of the intrinsic truth perceived by the natural light of reason, but because of the authority of God Himself, the Revealer, who can neither deceive nor be deceived" (Conc. Vat., Sess. iii., cap. 3). If then it be certain that anything is revealed by God, and this is not believed, then nothing whatever is believed by divine Faith: for what the Apostle St. James judges to be the effect of a moral deliquency, the same is to be said of an erroneous opinion in the matter of faith. "Whosoever shall offend in one point, is become guilty of all" (Ep. James ii., 10).


Thus both material and formal heretics are outside of the Catholic Church and are damned unless they convert. Men can also be outside the Church through heresy, and yet not commit the sin of heresy, nor have guilt of conscience concerning it. Thus even material heretics, jews, or pagans who sincerely believe they are following the truth are damned unless they convert to the Catholic Church. This includes such heretics as Calvin and Luther, and others who have even been persecuted and even died for their heresies and false views. All these are damned despite their deluded sincerity in following their error, unless they convert before the end of their lives.  This is because they are blinded from other mortal sins, and God does not provide them with the light of the truth by His grace in sufficient quantity that they freely properly respond to it.


The Vatican II Cult, Antipope Francis, and numerous false “traditionalists” including: The Society of St. Pius X, The Society of St. Pius V, The Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, Antipope Michael, Antipope Peter II, and Antipope Pius XIII deny this dogma regarding the Catholic faith


The Vatican II sect (what most men today falsely see as the Roman Catholic Church) founded by Antipope John XXIII in 1958, and considered by most of the deluded world to be the Catholic Church even though it is not the Catholic Church, teaches that one may be saved by sincerity of conscience, without holding the Catholic Faith. It even teaches that eastern schismatics, protestant heretics, and even pagans and jews may possess the divine gifts of faith, hope, charity and salvation. This denies the infallible Athanasian Creed of the Church. It also denies the infallible Council of Florence, and the infallible decree Unam Sanctam, among other dogmas.


In reality, only those men who hold the entire Catholic Faith (with the essential mysteries explicitly, and the other dogmas least implicitly) can be saved.


A baptized man who claims to be Catholic, yet explicitly holds a position contrary to a dogma, does not implicitly hold the dogma (since he explicitly denies the dogma in his mind in exchange for something else), even if he is not aware of the dogma.  Such a baptized man is a material heretic, does not hold the true faith in his mind, and is outside of the Church, and cannot be saved unless he changes his position and accepts every dogma.   Likewise all pagans who hold to positions that explicitly reject the Trinity, cannot possibly be holding to the Trinity implicitly, since their mind holds to the opposite of the Trinity.  The Catholic Church condemns and rejects all who hold opposing or contrary views to her dogmas:


"Therefore it [the Catholic Church] condemns, reproves, anathematizes and declares to be outside the Body of Christ, which is the Church, whoever holds opposing or contrary views.” Pope Eugene IV, Councils of Basel, 1434 A.D.


All men with pure hearts and seeking the truth will find the genuine Catholic Faith and convert.  Material heretics are blinded for their sins.  A defiled faith cannot save the soul from hell.  Any soul believing a false religion at death will go into condemnation and the fire of hell.