As stated in the
Catechism of Pope St. Pius X...
Who are they who are outside the true Church?
Outside the true Church are: Infidels, Jews, heretics, apostates, schismatics,
and the excommunicated.
The many societies of persons who are baptized but who do not acknowledge the
Roman Pontiff as their Head do not, then, belong to the Church of Jesus Christ?
No, those who do not acknowledge the
Pontiff as their Head do not belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.
"For since the Mystical Body of Christ, like His physical body, is one (1 Cor.
12:12), compacted and fitly joined together (Eph. 4:16), it were foolish to say
that the Mystical Body is composed of disjointed and scattered members.
Whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member thereof, neither is
he in communion with Christ its Head. Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ
no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority
and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors." (Pope Pius XI, "Mortalium
Animos", 1928 A.D.)
"Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been
baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to
separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate
authority for grave faults committed. 'For in one spirit' says the Apostle,
'were we all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or
free.' As therefore in the true Christian community there is only one Body, one
Spirit, one Lord, and one Baptism, so there can be only one faith. And
therefore, if a man refuse to hear the Church, let him be considered - so the
Lord commands - as a heathen and a publican. It follows that those who are
divided in faith or government cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor
can they be living the life of its one Divine Spirit." (Pope Pius XII, "Mystici
Corporis Christi", 1943 A.D.)
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