Saturday, December 30, 2006

Profession of Faith

In the entire time that I have been maintaining this blog, and really for as long as I have known it to be a necessity, I have tried to be faithful to the teaching of the Church and obedient to the pope and the bishops in union with him. The Code of Canon Law actually requires that certain individuals make a profession of faith, publically attesting to such allegiance.

Canon #833 reads as follows:
  • Can. 833 The following are personally bound to make a profession of faith, according to the formula approved by the Apostolic See:

    1.° in the presence of the president or his delegate: all who, with a deliberative or a consultative vote, take part in an Ecumenical Council, a particular council, the synod of Bishops, or a diocesan synod; in the presence of the council or synod: the president himself ;

    2.° in accordance with the statutes of the sacred College: those promoted to the dignity of Cardinal;

    3.° in the presence of a delegate of the Apostolic See: all who are promoted to the episcopate, and all those who are equivalent to a diocesan Bishop;

    4.° in the presence of the college of consultors: the diocesan Administrator;

    5.° in the presence of the diocesan Bishop or his delegate: Vicars general, episcopal Vicars and judicial Vicars;

    6.° in the presence of the local Ordinary or his delegate: parish priests; the rector, professors of theology and philosophy in seminaries, at the beginning of their term of office; and those who are to be promoted to the order of diaconate;

    7.° in the presence of the Chancellor or, in the absence of the Chancellor, the local Ordinary, or the delegates of either: the rector of an ecclesiastical or catholic university, at the beginning of the term of office - in the presence of the rector if he is a priest, or of the local Ordinary or the delegates of either: those who in any universities teach subjects which deal with faith or morals, at the beginning of their term of office;

    8.° in accordance with the constitutions: Superiors in religious institutes and clerical societies of apostolic life.
The Profession of Faith referenced in this canon (and in conformity to John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem) is found below. Even though I am not among those rquired to make such a profession, I make it nonetheless, as proof of my desire to be as faithful as they are called to be:
  • I, Nicholas Hardesty, with firm faith believe and profess everything that is contained in the Symbol of faith: namely:

    I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

    With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgement or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.

    I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.

    Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.
Fidelity and obedience to the Church is a calling for us all, whether you make a profession of faith or not. If it can be proven that anything I have ever written here is contrary to the teaching of the Church, I will gladly correct it.

Pax Christi,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! :D

You wonder what else is lurking in the CIC, though. It would be cool if your calendar said, "Oi, don't forget! Profession!".

Great blog--I've only just had it recommended to me.

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