Putting aside the issue of DESIRE for the Sacrament, why is it nobody ever preaches this Dogma, warning the world they must enter the Church to survive just as Noah and his family had to enter the Ark to survive. Isn't preaching the necessity of the Church as the means of Salvation vital to Catholic missionary life and the New Evangelization. The Bishops never mention this Dogma if one does it is to "explain" it away.
The main and principal purpose of the Church is the salvation of souls. Salus extra Ecclesiam non est (no salvation outside the Church) was expressed in such terms by St. Cyprian (the first to state and declare this axiom). Vatican ii taught this also (Lumen Gentium 14) and interprets this to mean that "all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body." [Catechism of the Catholic Church 846-848, 851]
However, it appears that the core body of Church prelates and clergy have adapted the more sensible tenet of ecumenism which is the thumb rule now affecting Catholic teaching. If and when EENS is brought up, as we have seen in these pages, an agitated disputable dialog arises that eventually leads to Lumen Gentium 8 and the confusion of the phrase susbsistit in
is again overblown. It is not confusing for us who adhere to the traditional doctrine that salvation is the Church and no other. Ask any bishop or priest to explain what is the essence of EENS and invariably you get a confabulation exposition of who are those outside the Church who are or can be saved. The CCC does teach that the Catholic Church is "the universal sacrament of salvation" (CCC 774–776), and states: "The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men" (CCC 780).
But how many misunderstand the nature of this teaching? And then of course this leads to the discussion of the three Baptisms, and another contention contra the Feeney doctrine of water baptism only is salvific. "Of the doctrine of baptisms" (Hebrews 6:2), St. Thomas Aquinas says the gloss uses the plural, because there is Baptism of Water, of Repentance, and of Blood." Of course, there are a myriad of those who do not accept it.
Then we are back to square one.