The Dictrict Superior of the SSPX in Italy, Father Pierpaolo Petrucci who considers those saved in 'imperfect communion with the Church' (UR 3) as being known, visible, explicit in 2014 is unable to say that Vatican Council II says all Christians need to enter the Catholic Church (AG 7) for salvation.
On the website of the Fraternità Sacerdotale San Pio X he comments on the recent ecumenical meeting at the Basilica of St.Paul Outside the Walls at which Pope Francis was present. He writes :
But from whom comes this scandal if not by those who have left the Church, rejecting the authority of the Pope and revealed truth? To repair this scandal why does the pope not invite those who are separated to return to the unity of faith, worship and submission to the legitimate pastors, unity with the Catholic Church which was never lost and so should be found? So the popes, before the last council such as Pius IX at the first Vatican Council, launched an urgent appeal to the Christians dissidents to return to the bosom of the Church.1
'before the last council such as Pius IX at the first Vatican Council, launched an urgent appeal to the Christians dissidents to return to the bosom of the Church'.
Fr. Pierpaolo Petrucci cannot say here that Vatican Council II (AG 7,LG 14) says all need faith for salvation, including Protestants and Orthodox Christians.
Protestants have the baptism of water but they do not have Catholic Faith which includes the faith and moral teachings of the Church and the Sacraments, needed for salvation.
For Fr.Petrucci Ad Gentes 7 and Lumen Gentium 14 (all need faith and baptism for salvation) are contradicted by Unitatis Redintigratio 3 which suggests Protestants could be saved in imperfect communion with the Church. For him these cases saved in imperfect communion with the Catholic Church are not invisible- but are visible exceptions to AG 7, LG 14 and the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
So he is unable to say that Vatican Council II indicates that there should be an ecumenism of return. Protestants are oriented to Hell with mortal sins of abortion, divorce etc sanctioned by their churches. They also do not have access to the Sacraments of the Catholic Church especially that of Reconciliation.Orthodox Chrisians are not in unity with the pope.
According to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus ( Cantate Domino, Council of Florence 1441) Protestants are 'heretics' and the Orthodox Christians are 'schismatics'.
There is no text in Vatican Council II which contradicts Cantate Domino, unless like Fr. Pierpaolo Petrucci, one assumes those saved in invincible ignorance (LG 16) etc are visible to us on earth.This is an irrationality in the interpretation of the Council and the fault is not with the Council.
To consider the dead now saved in Heaven to be visible to us on earth is a factual error. It is a fact that we cannot see the dead. It is this factual error which prevents the SSPX Superior from seeing Vatican Council II as a continuation with Tradition on the issue of ecumenism.
Ma da chi viene lo scandalo se non da parte di coloro che hanno abbandonato la Chiesa, rigettando l’autorità dal Papa o una parte delle verità rivelate? Per riparare questo scandalo perché non si invita coloro che si sono separati a ritornare a quell’unità di fede di culto e alla sottomissione ai legittimi pastori, unità che la Chiesa cattolica non ha mai perso e che quindi non deve ritrovare? Così facevano i pontefici prima dell’ultimo concilio come per esempio Pio IX che in occasione del Concilio Vaticano I lanciava un appello accorato ai cristiani dissidenti perché ritornassero nel seno della Chiesa.