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THE PROFESSION OF FAITH


Required by the Roman Catholic Council of Trent
Session 25, Wednesday, December 4, 1563
Decree Concerning Reform, Chapter II

Issued by the
Papal Bulla
INJUNCTUM NOBIS
of


Pope Pius IV
Giovanni Angelo De Medici
[Friday, December 25, 1559 - Thursday, December 9, 1565]
Friday, November 13, 1564

PROFESSION OF THE TRIDENTINE FAITH

I, (state your name), believe and vow with a firm faith each and every single article of Faith, which is found in the Collection of the Articles of Faith, which the Holy Catholic Church uses, which are:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages; God from God, light from light, true God from true God; begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, through Whom all things were made; Who for the sake of us men and for our salvation descended from Heaven and was made Incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and became Man.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He rose from the dead the third day according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven.

He sits at the right hand of the Father.  I do believe, also, that He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; and of His Kingdom there will be no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son; Who equally with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified; Who spoke through the Prophets.

And I believe in the One, Holy Catholic, Apostolic Church.  I confess one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I wait eagerly for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

I resolutely accept and firmly embrace the Apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and the other observances and constitutions of the same Church.

In like manner, I accept Sacred Scripture according to the meaning which has been held by Holy Mother the Church and which she now holds.  It is her privilege and duty to judge the true meaning and interpretation of Sacred Scripture.  And, I will never accept or interpret it [Sacred Scripture] in a manner different from the unanimous consensus [agreement] of the Fathers of the Church.

I also acknowledge that there are truly and properly seven sacraments of the New Testament, instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of the human race, although it is not necessary for each individual to receive them each and every one.  I acknowledge that the seven Sacraments are:  Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and that these confer grace; and that of the seven, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders cannot be given more than once without committing sacrilege.  I also accept and acknowledge the customary and approved rites of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of the aforesaid Sacraments.

I embrace and accept each and every article defined by the most Holy Roman Catholic Council of Trent in regard to Original Sin and Justification.

I likewise declare publicly that in the Mass is offered to God a true, proper and propitiatory sacrifice, for the living and the dead, and also I do equally profess that in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist there is really and truly and substantially present the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that there is a change of the whole substance of the bread into the Body and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this change is called Transubstantiation by the Catholic Church.  I also profess that under each separate species, the whole and entire Christ and the true Sacrament is received.

I consistently hold that there is a Purgatory and that the souls detained therein are helped by the prayers of the faithful.  In the same way I firmly hold that the Saints reigning together with Christ are to be venerated and invoked and that they offer prayers to God on our behalf, and that their relics must be venerated.

I firmly assert that images of Christ and the ever Virgin Mother of God, and of the other saints we must have and keep and that they must be duly honored and venerated.

I affirm also that the power of granting indulgences was left with the Church by Christ and that their use is of great benefit to the Christian people.

I acknowledge the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church to be the Mother and Teacher of all the churches.

And, I promise and vow true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the successor of Blessed Peter the Apostle, who is the Chief of the Apostles.

Further, without doubting, I accept and profess all of the Doctrines (especially those concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible teaching authority) defined, handed down, and promulgated by the Sacred Canons and General Councils, especially by the most Holy Roman Catholic Council of Trent (and by the General Vatican Council).  And, at the same time, I condemn, reject and anathematize everything which is contrary to these propositions and all heresies without exception which have been condemned, rejected and anathematized by the Church.

I, (state your name), by this present’ promise, vow and swear that, with the help of God, I shall most constantly hold and profess this true Catholic Faith, without which no one can be saved and which I now freely profess and truly hold.  With the help of God, I shall profess it whole and inviolate to my dying breath; and, with all the power and ability in me, I will see to it that those under me and any others who come under my care by virtue of my office, to hold, to teach, and to preach all of the above mentioned Truths.  To this end, so help me God and these Holy Gospels of God.

(Pope Pius IV, Giovanni Angelo De Medici [Friday, December 25, 1559 - Thursday, December 9, 1565], Papal Bulla, “Injunctum Nobis”, Official Text of “The Profession of Faith”, Friday, November 13, 1564.  This Solemn Profession of Faith was required by the Roman Catholic Council of Trent, Session 25, Wednesday, December 4, 1563, “Decree Concerning Reform” - Decree on Reformation, Chapter 2, By whom individually the Decrees of the Council are to be solemnly received; and by whom a Profession of Faith is to be made; emphasis added.)

WHO MUST MAKE THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

CANON 1406

§  The following are bound by the obligation of making the Profession of Faith in accordance with the formula approved by the Apostolic See:

1.o  In the presence of the presiding officer or his delegate, all who attend an ecumenical or a particular council or a diocesan synod with an effective vote or the right to counsel; the presiding office makes it in the presence of the council or the synod.

2.o  In the presence of the dean of the Sacred College, of the cardinals first in rank among the cardinal priests and the cardinal deacons, and of the cardinal chamberlain, those who have been promoted to the cardinalitial rank;

3.o  In the presence of a delegate of the Holy See, those who have been promoted to an episcopal see, even a non-residential see, or to the post of governing an abbacy nullius, a prelacy nullius, a vicariate apostolic, or a prefecture apostolic;

4.o  In the presence of the cathedral chapter, the capitular vicar (in the presence of the board of consultors, the administrator);

5.o  In the presence of the local ordinary or his delegate and of the chapter, those promoted to be capitular dignitaries or canons;

6.o  In the presence of the local ordinary or his delegate and of the other consultors, those appointed to the post of diocesan consultor;

7.o  In the presence of the local ordinary or his delegate, the vicar general; pastors and all who have received any benefice, even a manual one, to which the care of souls is attached; in seminaries, at the beginning of each scholastic year or at least when the post is assumed, the rector and the instructors in sacred theology, canon law, and philosophy; all who are to be promoted to the Order of Subdiaconate; censors of books; and, before faculties are given for the exercise of these functions, priests who are to be assigned to the hearing of confessions, and sacred preachers;

8.o  In the presence of the ordinary or his delegate, the rector of a university or a faculty; in the presence of the rector of the university or of the faculty or of his delegate, all the professors in a canonically established university or faculty, at the beginning of each scholastic year or at least when the post is assumed; and also those who, having passed their examination, are to be awarded academic degrees;

9.o  In the presence of the appointing chapter or the superior or their delegate, superiors in clerical religious institutes.

§ 2.  When anyone, giving up a previous appointment, obtains another office, benefice, or dignity of the same kind, he must again make the profession of faith in accordance with this canon.

(English translation from:  John A. Abbo, S.T.L, J.C.D., Jerome D. Hannan, A.M., LL.B., S.T.D., J.C.D., THE SACRED CANONS, A Concise Presentation of the Current Disciplinary Norms of the Church, Volume II [Canons 870-2414], pp. 642-644.)


Brief Editorial Commentary by Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.

(N.B.:  The words of the text which are in parentheses have been inserted into this PROFESSION OF FAITH by order of Pope Pius IX in a decree issued by the Holy Office on the 20th of January, 1877-ACTA SANCTAE SEDIS, X, 1877, 71, ff.)

 
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