I am Catholic

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I am a Roman Catholic.  I believe in the doctrines of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.  I submit to the Bishop of Rome who is the successor of Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ, Pastor of the Universal Church.  I generally do not use the term ‘Roman Catholic’ as it gives people the wrong idea that Roman Catholics belong to a different denomination than Mellkhite Catholics, Maronite Catholics, Chaldean Catholics, Syriac Catholics, Ethiopian Catholics, Eritrean Catholics, Ukrainian Catholics, Russian Catholics, Greek Catholics, etc.

I renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises.  I believe in only one God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.  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.

I have recited the baptismal vows our godparents say out our baptisms and which we renew during certain festivities, i.e. the Easter Vigil Mass.  It is based on the words of the 2nd century Apostles’ Creed which gave way to the later Nicene Creed.  In days when we hear of things like gay pride, we have to remember not to be afraid to profess who we are even if it will be more difficult to profess our faith.  People are celebrated if they come out gay and those who question them are vilified, yet if you come as very Christian, you are bullied even by those who preach against bullying and those who vilify you are celebrated; you don’t even have to call out gay “marriage” or other topics, the mere witnessing to your profession of faith offends many people who want to silence you by whatever means necessary.  Instead of pride per se, let us celebrate Christian humility.  Saint Paul said, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).  We preach Christ crucified (rf. 1 Corinthians 1:23) and we live by the Cross by which the forgiveness of sins comes and we who believe confess our sins although others accuse us of pretending to be perfect to label themselves “flawless” (rf. 1 John 1:8-9).

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