Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DO CATHOLICS UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF BEING CATHOLIC AND THEIR BAPTISMAL PROFESSION OF FAITH AND RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL PROMISES MADE EACH EASTER SUNDAY?


When we receive baptized Protestants into the full communion of the Church, they make the following Profession of Faith:

"I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims, to be revealed by God." 

This follows the renewal of every Catholic's baptismal vows which in part have these two forms, one of which must be used:

Do you renounce Satan?

And all his works?

And all his empty show? 

OR

Do you renounce sin, so as to live in the freedom of the children of God?

Do you renounce the lure of evil, so that sin may have no mastery over you?

Do you renounce Satan, the author and prince of sin? 

My final question (not part of the ritual of course):

Is there anything ambiguous in the Profession of Faith and the renewal of baptismal promises Catholics make each year at Easter? 



1 comment:

Anon friend said...

Perfect video for this post, Father ! And it surely begs an answer to the question: What is more important to your average practicing Catholic--your Catholic faith, or your cultural milieu? And concomitantly, how do we pass on the Truth--by witnessing to the hard eternal Truth, or by bowing to current cultural pressures in a soft, lukewarm half-truth. Granted we must always and everywhere speak the Truth in love, that is a fundamental given. But we must never compromise the true teaching of the Church.