[quote:1l79qudf]but we catholics have the assurance that, at least, we’re within God’s fold – His Church – and therefore with all the tools at hand for salvation.[/quote:1l79qudf]
Sure we are, but simply because one is Catholic is not a guarantee of salvation. Onw must believe with a true heart and [i:1l79qudf]do[/i:1l79qudf] the will of the Father.
Interesting that you bring up no salvation outside the Church. The Catechism refers to non-Catholic Christian groups as “ecclesial communities” that are in special relationship to the Church. I’m fairly certain that it includes those groups as “within the Church” but not exactly in the inner circle.