I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
I believe that Jesus Christ founded His Holy Church, charged it with ministering His Gospel, invested His Apostles with authority to lead the Church, and appointed Peter as the Church’s pastor and His representative on earth. I believe that by apostolic succession, the bishop of Rome is the successor of Peter, and therefore has primacy over all other bishops. I believe that the Roman Catholic Church is the Church that Christ and the Apostles founded, and has inherited the treasury of Apostolic Faith through both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. I believe and affirm all the doctrines and dogmata taught by the Church through her Magisterium: her popes, her bishops in communion with him, and all her ecumenical councils.
I believe that all believers who affirm the fundamental doctrines of our faith as laid out in the three historic ecumenical creeds (the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Athanasian Creed) — who believe in the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord, and the need for salvation from our sins — can rightly claim the title of Christian. I believe that many of the churches separated from the Roman Catholic Church through the Protestant Reformation still bear elements of the Truth of Christ as handed down by the Church, and still function as vessels of God’s salvific grace. I believe Protestants can be saved, and many are, in God’s infinite mercy. I nonetheless believe that Protestant churches, in rejecting Sacred Tradition, Apostolic Succession, and especially the Sacraments, have turned from essential pillars of our faith.
I believe that Christ is undivided, and that the division of His Church on earth is deeply wrong and contrary to the Will of God. I believe that all we who have created and perpetuate division in the Church must bear the burden of striving to hear and understand and be reconciled to our Christian brothers and sisters, to work by the grace of the Holy Spirit toward healing the wounds of our schism. I believe the reunification of all branches of the Christian Church is possible, desirable, and necessary as we approach the end of this age. I hope that by this blog and the conversations I have through it, I may in some way contribute to that reconciliation and reunification.