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There Is No Salvation Outside Of The Catholic Church – Originally stated by St.Cyprian, the Latin axiom “Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus” reminds us that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church.
At these Catholic Church councils, the same 46 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books that appear in today’s Catholic Bibles were declared to be inspired by God.
As a side note, approximately 1200 years after this decision was made, Martin Luther and the Protestant reformers removed 7 books from the Old Testament.
The canon of Scripture (the books of the Bible) was first formally decided at the Synod of Rome in 382.
This decision was upheld at the Councils of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397).
A little known, but easily documented fact is that the books of the Bible were compiled by the Catholic Church.
For many years after Christ ascended into Heaven, there was debate about which scriptural writings were inspired by God.
Every time I hear someone claim to be an “ex-Catholic”, a sense of sadness comes over me.
In just about every case, people leave the Catholic Faith due to a lack of understanding.
The Council of Trent teaches that Christ left a visible sacrifice to His Church “in which that bloody sacrifice which was once offered on the Cross should be made present, its memory preserved to the end of the world, and its salvation-bringing power applied to the forgiveness of the sins which are daily committed by us.” When we attend Mass, we are mystically transported to Calvary, where we can unite ourselves with the Lord’s Sacrifice to the Father! Annulments Are Not Catholic Divorces – Unlike the legal process known as “divorce” (in which a marriage is terminated), a declaration of nullity (annulment) states that a valid marriage never existed.