October 25, 2012 A.D.
Editor’s Note: In this “Year of Faith” we will be publishing posts from Catholic Bloggers who WE think “GET IT”. We will also continue our reference series with posts directly from the Holy Father and the official site for the Year of Faith for you to bookmark. Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional suggestions which would contribute to the Year of Faith here at AlwaysCatholic. Today we are publishing a piece from one of our Contributing Bloggers who originally posted it on his blog in July of 2012. This is important to read as you will see how this fits into the Year of Faith.
by David L. Alexander
at his blog, “Man with Black Hat”
These two women were just featured in the Washington Post. It is one thing to be a fool, but to be proud of making the papers for it — well, that is a major piece of work.
Kathleen Riley knows her beliefs on the male-only priesthood and contraception put her at odds with leaders of her church. But as a fifth-generation Catholic who went to a Catholic school and grew up to teach in one, Riley feels the faith deeply woven through her … Last month, Riley joined at least four other Sunday school teachers and resigned from her post at St. Ann’s parish after a letter arrived at her home requiring her — and all teachers in the Arlington Catholic Diocese — to submit “of will and intellect” to all of the teachings of church leaders.
“I’m just shocked, I can’t believe they’re asking me to sign this,” said Riley, who said she may keep her own children out of the parish education program in the fall. “The bishops are human, and sometimes their judgment is not God’s judgment. We always have to be vigilant about that. The Holy Spirit gives us the responsibility to look into our own consciences.”
Thankfully, the Post has made provision for other voices in this matter. It is not always so generous. Even so, we are obliged to illustrate just what it is that has everyone in an uproar, namely the requirement to sign this: (Emphasis: AlwaysCatholic)
PROFESSION OF FAITH
I, _______________________________________, with firm faith believe and profess each and every thing that is contained in the Symbol of Faith, namely:
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.
I also firmly accept and hold each and every thing definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.
Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.
Signed under oath before the undersigned on
(month)___________ (day)____ (year)________
Of course, the complaints are typical: 1) What about my conscience? 2) Why do I owe my bishop my “submission of will and intellect”? 3) Why weren’t we consulted? 4) Why weren’t we given a warning? 5) Why are the requirements so “technical”? (No kidding, someone called them that.)
We are here to provide the answers to these complaints, one at a time.
For David’s response, point by point, please continue after the jump>>> CLICK HERE