Friday, May 16, 2003

What I believe

On being a Catholic:
  • God, Christ, the Trinity, the hypostatic union, Mary the Mother of God, bishops, the Mass, and the option of using images in worship ("all can, some should, none must").
  • Creed.
  • Doctrine. The true church subsists in the Catholic Church.
  • The common set of beliefs and practices of the ancient churches with apostolic succession (us, the separated Eastern churches including the Orthodox, and a few splinter groups). The Vincentian canon and the great Catholic family of valid orders (again, the ancient churches: credal orthodoxy, unbroken apostolic succession, and unbroken true teaching about the Eucharist).
  • Traditional Mass (video).
  • Office. (Actually I have Winfred Douglas’ Monastic Diurnal, the Benedictine office in traditional Book of Common Prayer language.)
  • Devotion.
  • Greek Rite. The Orthodox Liturgy.
  • Prayer for the dead.
  • The church is infallible, limited by tradition, its doctrines final. The Pope's office is part of church infallibility.
  • Integralism: a complete Catholic worldview, the social reign of Christ.
A summary of the faith.