Pope Eugene IV Publishes Encyclical Cantate Domino on Biblical Canon Hot

Pope Eugene IV Publishes Encyclical Cantate Domino on Biblical Canon

Pope Eugene IV
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Pope Eugene IV publishes the encyclical Cantate domino declaring that the biblical canon consists of the 66 protocanonical books and 12 deuterocanonical (apocryphal) books, for a total 78 writings.

Pope Eugene IV also uses the encyclical to deny that non-Catholics have any chance of going to heaven.

According to Cantate domino:

"The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Church before the end of their lives; that the unity of this ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the Church’s sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia produce eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church"
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