There are no known exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus said Fr.Mauro Tranquilo today morning in Rome. He still agrees with what he said a few months back. All the SSPX priests to whom I have spoken to have said that there are no known exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
Fr.Mauro Tranquilo participated in the Society of St.Pius X(SSPX) Conference in Rimini, Italy last month.
Fr.Mauro said that when Archbishop Lefebvre mentioned a Hindu in Tibet who could be saved in his religion he was referring to a hypothetical case, a possibility(1). It is definitely not a case that we could know of.
Archbishop Lefebvre was not saying that there are known exceptions to dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre said:
Consider a Hindu in Tibet who has no knowledge of the Catholic Church. He lives according to his conscience and to the laws which God has put into his heart. He can be in the state of grace, and if he dies in this state of grace, he will go to heaven.” (The Angelus, “A Talk Heard Round the World,” April, 2006, p. 5.)
Evidently,certain distinctions must be made. Souls can be saved in a religion other than the Catholic religion (Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism,etc.), but not by this religion. There may be souls who, not knowing Our Lord, have by the grace of the good Lord, good interior dispositions,who submit to God...But some of these persons make an act of love which implicitly is equivalent to baptism of desire. ("Against the Heresies",p.216)