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Profession of Faith June 2010

Profession of Faith June 2010

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Published by David Bawden
Instruction on the Profession of the Catholic Faith and whyit is so important today.
Instruction on the Profession of the Catholic Faith and whyit is so important today.

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Published by: David Bawden on Jun 14, 2010
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Profession of Faith For Blogand Video
In order to demonstrate visible unity with the Catholic Church, We asPope have asked all to make a formal Profession of Faith, sign it and returnit to Us. Some may wonder why We make this request now, when this wasnot normally done in the past?By Baptism we become members of the Catholic Church. Byapostasy, heresy or schism we depart from the Catholic Church. In the caseof baptized non-Catholics, the Church has laid out a procedure to receivethem into the Catholic Church. There are three steps after completion of theinvestigation into the validity of Baptism. The first step is the abjuration of heresies, also known as the Profession of Faith. Then a duly authorized priest grants conditional absolution from censures, since it is not certain thatexcommunication has been incurred, for the heresy may have been onlymaterial. Then Baptism is administered conditionally if certainty about thevalidity of the previous Baptism cannot be obtained. Finally a sacramentalconfession is made with conditional absolution.If an unbaptized person decides to enter the Church, the procedure issimple. We administer Baptism or designate someone else to administer thisholy Sacrament. If a baptized person enters from the Novus Ordo,Traditionalism or Protestantism, We follow the procedure outlined abovewith the exception of Confession, for We do not possess the required Orders.It is Our opinion that most coming back to the Church fromTraditionalism or even younger people from the Novus Ordo are onlymaterial heretics. These people want to be in the Church founded by JesusChrist, but in this time of deception have been deceived.How does a baptized person, who has been in material schism or heresy show his return to the Catholic Church? Objectively by going to the Novus Ordo or the Traditionalists, we have all committed communicatio insacris, and been in an heretical sect. We must show some sign of visibleseparation from these heresies. The simplest is a formal Profession of Faithmade in the presence of witnesses.
Prior to the Papal Election
On October 28, 1984 We made the Profession of Faith to show Our departure from the heresies of the Novus Ordo and Traditionalism. We usedthe form of Trent as contained in the Rituale Romanum for this purpose andrecited it in the presence of five witnesses. Since We had departed the Novus Ordo shortly after Our 13
birthday, We had not incurred anycensures due to being under age. (Canonists consider the age of 14, andconverts under that age who are validly baptized merely are invited to go toConfession and do not need to make the Profession of Faith.) However, Wehad been in the SSPX and associated with independent Traditionalist priestsuntil the end of 1983.This precedent set in the early 1980’s was followed by others whowished to show their detachment from contemporary heresies. Usually theywould gather family and friends, if any and recite the Profession of Faith intheir presence.When We were preparing ‘Will the Catholic Church Survive theTwentieth Century?’ We decided that this would be a good idea foqualifying electors and return to the Church. We wrote a three pages chapter (reproduced below), entitled ‘What Do I Do Now?’ to detail how to visiblyreturn to the Catholic Church. We followed this with a rather longProfession of Faith compiled from official sources, refuting manycontemporary heresies. Recall at the time, it was impossible to presentourselves to our local ordinary or the Pope to be reconciled with the CatholicChurch as required by Canon Law. Since an impossible law does not bind,we could set it aside until after the Papal Election. However, We believedthat all of us should do what we could, by professing our faith publicly.This is based on the principles laid down by Saint Thomas Aquinas in theSumma. Under these same principles, on Holydays of obligation, althoughnot obliged to assist at Mass, since this is impossible, faithful Catholics willset aside time for extra prayers to fulfill the spirit of the law and the ThirdCommandment, which requires us to sanctify the sabbath.
What Are the Marks of a Faithful Catholic
There are three basic types of Catholics. The first are faithfulCatholics, that is those who have all of the external marks of a Catholic.Contrasted to these are unfaithful or unworthy Catholics, who have fallenaway from the practice of the Faith to a large extent. And the final group isschismatics, heretics and apostates. Canon Law is not clear in the distinction between unworthy Catholics and apostates, for apostates are defined as thosewho have fallen away entirely from the Catholic faith.A faithful Catholic is one who observes the Commandments of Godand of the Church, at least in externals. Note well, we are not judging their intentions, just what they are telling us by their external actions. In ordinarytimes this would mean living a normal life, which includes regulaattendance at Mass and observance of the fasts of the Church. They wouldalso support the Church by contributing to the collection each Sunday or once a month.What would a faithful Catholic do during the Great Apostasy, whenthe Mass has been taken away? How would he show that he wished toremain faithful? What we did was to sanctify Sundays and other Holydaysof Obligation by special prayers in addition to our regular prayers. Also wewere zealous to observe the fast and abstinence laws of the Church, whichthe Apostate Church of Vatican II had eliminated. We earned the title of ‘fish-eater’! We studied our Faith and especially those points being attacked by Antichrist and his supporters.We also spread the truth to any who would listen about this horriblecrisis. And when we discovered something important to helping peopledetermine the truth, we all made it available and spread it far and wide. Andthis in a time without email or even the internet. It cost us time and money, but zealous Catholics readily gave both.What many did not determine is how to set aside their tithes to deliver to the Church, when it was restored to us. Of course, the Church never ceased to exist, but it did not have a bank account. The Papacy was vacant,we had no local ordinary or pastor to support. Other priests and bishopsclaimed right to our support, but were not entitled to it, since it is our duty tosupport our pastor, bishop and the Pope. And this is a serious obligation, binding under pain of serious sin. Now that the Papacy is restored Catholics have a duty to give supportto the Pope by regular prayer as well as by giving financial assistance.

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