Lecturer: Michael is a graduate of Christendom College Graduate School of Theology where he received his Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Cum Laude) in 2018. He is currently working on a doctorate in Theology with Pontifex University and is writing a dissertation on the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Michael is the founder of the St. Maximus the Confessor Institute and the Reason & Theology show, where he has interviewed many of the leading figures in contemporary theology. He has also appeared on EWTN, Catholic Answers, SiriusXM Radio, Radio Maria and has contributed frequently to various newspapers and websites.
Course Length: One lecture (1 hr 38 min)
Course Description: In this course, Michael Lofton discusses the history of the dogma known as extra ecclesiam nulla salus (Latin for outside the church there is no salvation). He addresses figures such as Justin Martyr, Cyprian, John Chrysostom, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Francisco de Vitoria, Robert Bellarmine, Francisco Suarez, John Henry Newman, Pope Pius IX, Pope Pius XII among others. He also addresses magisterial teachings including Unam Sanctam, The Decree to the Jacobites at the Council of Florence, the Syllabus of Errors and the Second Vatican Council. He demonstrates how Lumen Gentium paragraphs 14-16 are in continuity with the pre-conciliar era and discusses some of the common problems in the post-conciliar era concerning this doctrine and provides some solutions.