Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office…

…judges Francis’ idea that Christians and Muslims share the same faith

  • It is false to assert that men can be saved equally well in every religion

No one will be saved who, knowing the Church to have been divinely established by Christ, nevertheless refuses to submit to the Church or withholds obedience from the Roman pontiff, the vicar of Christ on earth […] [Pius XII] mentions those who ‘are related to the Mystical Body of the Redeemer by a certain unconscious yearning and desire’, and these he by no means excludes from eternal salvation, but who, on the other hand, as he states, are in a condition ‘in which they cannot be sure of their own eternal salvation’ since ‘they are deprived of so many and such great heavenly gifts (and) helps that can only be enjoyed in the Catholic Church.’ With these wise words he condemns both those who exclude from eternal salvation all united to the Church only by implicit desire and those who falsely assert that men can be saved equally well in every religion. (Denzinger-Hünermann 3867.3871-3872. Letter of the Holy Office to the Archbishop of Boston, August 8, 1949)

… judges Francis’ ideas present in Laudato Si’

  • No one will be saved who, knowing the Church to have been divinely established by Christ, nevertheless refuses to submit to the Church

No one will be saved who, knowing the Church to have been divinely established by Christ, nevertheless refuses to submit to the Church or withholds obedience from the Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth. […] [Pius XII] mentions those who ‘are related to the Mystical Body of the Redeemer by a certain unconscious yearning and desire,’ and these he by no means excludes from eternal salvation, but on the other hand states that they are in a condition ‘in which they cannot be sure of their salvation’ since ‘they still remain deprived of those many heavenly gifts and helps which can only be enjoyed in the Catholic Church’ (AAS, 1. c., p. 243). With these wise words he reproves both those who exclude from eternal salvation all united to the Church only by implicit desire, and those who falsely assert that men can be saved equally well in every religion. (Denzinger-Hünermann 3867.3871-3872. Letter of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, August 8, 1949English translation)