(quote) Roystan-340472 said: Is Christianity only a dichotomy of Roman Catholic Church and Christian ecclesiastical organisations (which the RC Church defines the self-identifying Protestant churches as well as the Anglican Communion to be, the Anglicans not self-identifying as Protestants for their own reasons)? Isn't it a trichotomy that includes another 'Church', meaning another Christian body in which enough of the Truth resides for the RC Church to define it as a Church and not just as an ecclesiastical organisation?
What happens to devout Orthodox when they die, or, at least, devout members of the original Orthodox churches and not the splinters that have also occurred in that branch of Christianity? Must you believe that the Pope is the successor of St Peter as the head of the Church founded by Christ? Or is it enough for salvation purposes, at least for the time being, to believe that the rock is not Peter but the faith declared by Peter and shared by his brother apostles and St Paul, as long as you also believe in the Real Presence, as the Orthodox do?
Faith is one thing, behaviour another, and many Orthodox clergy and laity are as severe in their protestation against Rome as any Protestant. Are they to be damned?.
We do believe the Eastern Orthodox and Protestants to be Christians in virtue of their baptism, but not having access to all the things Jesus Christ has taught.
If Protestants and Eastern Orthodox seek the truth with sincerity, they can be saved, if they, through no fault of their own did not know that the Catholic Church was the Church of Christ.
It is Catholic teaching that baptized non-Catholics are in a real way incorporated into the Catholic Church, albeit not in a visible fashion. Those who realize that the Catholic Church is the Church of Christ, however, are obligate to become full, visible members of the Church, either through the reception of the Mystery (Sacrament) of Chrismation (for Protestants) or a declaration of faith (for Eastern Orthodox), the form of the latter being up to the bishop.
On a more positive spin, if someone believes this Holy Church to be of Christ, why would he or she not want to be in it?