Friday, May 13, 2016
SOUND CATHOLICS DO NOT LIVE IN THE PAST OR LIVE IN THE FUTURE, BUT LIVE IN THE PRESENT PRESERVING THE DEPOSIT OF FAITH
But with that said, all Catholics should do what new pastors or pastors being sent to new parishes must do. We must make a profession of faith in front of a witness, usually another priest or a deacon and we must sign it before a witness who also signs.
I had to do so as I prepare to become the new pastor of Saint Anne Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, Georgia. This, in part, is what I promised with my hand on the Book of the Gospels. I did so yesterday on May 12th:
After reciting the Nicene Creed in the new and glorious English translation of it, I made the Oath of fidelity:
With firm faith I also believe everything contained in God's word, written or handed down in tradition and proposed by the Church, whether in solemn judgement or in the ordinary and universal magisterium, as divinely revealed and calling for faith.
I also firmly accept and hold everything that is proposed definitively by the Church regarding the teaching on faith and morals.
I, Allan J. McDonald, in assuming the office of pastor, promise that in my words and in my actions I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church.
With great cared and fidelity I shall carry out the duties incumbent on me toward the Church, both universal and particular, in which according to the provision s of the law, I have been called to exercise my service.
In fulfilling the charge entrusted to me in the name of the Church, I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings contrary to it.
I shall follow and foster the common discipline of the entire Church and I shall maintain the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those contained in the Code of Canon Law.
With Christian obedience I shall follow what the Bishops, as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith, declare, or what they, as those who govern the Church, establish.
I shall also faithfully assist the diocesan Bishops, so that the apostolic activity, exercised in the name and by mandate of the Church, may be carried out in communion with the Church.
So help me God, and God's Holy Gospels on which I place my hand.
I believe that every Catholic should take this Oath of Fidelity as well and understand clearly its implications for their daily lives. This is especially true of those who deny the last three sentences.