Yes, non-Catholics can be saved, along with non-Christians BECAUSE Jesus desires all to be saved. It does not mean that all will be saved but that all have the opportunity to be saved. Jesus’ death and resurrection acomplished the redemption of the human race.
If by no fault of their own they have not heard about Jesus but live their lives faithfully according to the natural law that God places in each person’s heart, they have the opportunity to be saved BECAUSE of Jesus.
We have the obligation to spead the “Good News” to everyone. If we don’t, then we have to answer to God why we did not do our part. Not everyone is called to be a missionary in foreign countries but we are called to evangelize in our lives first to our children and families.
Where is this documented? All one has to do is to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It gives what we believe and the references from Scripture, Tradition, Church documents, etc. You can look up those references as well as the Compendium that provides even more documentation. Much of this is online so the cost of research is minimal.
There have been much about Vatican II that was well intentioned but poorly implemented, ie. the church architecture and such. However, that did not change what the Catholic Church believes. In fact, the book that caused much confusion, Enviroment and Art in Catholic Worship, has been rejected by the USCCB and replaced with an approved, “Built of Living Stones” that corrected many abuses as been noted.
Environment and Art in Catholic Worship does not have the force of law in and of itself. It was never approved by the USCCB. As a matter of fact, the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy appointed a task group to revisit Environment and Art in Catholic Worship and formally rejected it. The revised document, entitled Built on Living Stones, was approved by the full body of Bishops at the November 2000 meeting.
Again, no doctines were changed.
It is apparent that some who are posting have a limited exposure to what the Catholic Church actually teaches and I am glad to address misconceptions.