Confession of Faith

The Faith being by far the most vital inspiration for this enterprise, the editors at Goretti Publications determined that an appropriate confession of that Faith would be necessary. Therefore, we have attempted to express our faith publicly, that no one may question our motives or our fidelity to the enchanging Tradition which has been passed down from Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles.

  1. We believe in One God. By this we mean One perfect, omnipotent, omnipresent, unchanging, perfectly simple Creator, Who made all things and keeps them in existence. We firmly reject all forms of polytheism, whether in its customary pagan form, the more modern form offered by Mormonism, or the common secular polytheists whose god is whatever they happen to desire at the moment.
  2. We believe that this One God is in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are, as all Christians are, Trinitarian. God is one in substance and undivided, yet He exists in Three Persons. We do not claim to understand the mystery, any more than we claim to be able to hold the whole universe in our hands; but we affirm these truths, handed down to us from the Apostles in unbroken succession.
  3. We believe that God created Heaven and earth, all things visible and invisible. By this, we affirm that all things are the work of God. God alone exists by nature; all other things exist contingently, and God provides them their being. We also affirm that there are beings visible (that is, material), invisible (that is, spiritual), and both visible and invisible (that is, both material and spiritual). All the things that we see, besides man himself, are visible. The things which we cannot see, the angels, are the invisible creatures of God, wholly spiritual and beyond our natures. Men are both visible and invisible; our bodies are material, and our souls spiritual. By this affirmation we reject all forms of materialism, the denial that spiritual things exist; evolutionism, the denial that being is due solely to God; and dualism, which suggests that man's material body is somehow less man than his soul.
  4. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Who by the power of the Holy Spirit became man of the Virgin Mary, and lived a life on earth. He taught us, prophesied to us, and suffered, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell to free the souls of the just in the bosom of Abraham, and He rose again on the third day. He ascended into Heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead, at which point His reign will be without end. By this we affirm that the Son of God became truly and wholly man without in any way becoming less God. He suffered for us on the Cross to redeem us of our sins, died, and rose again from the dead on the third day. We reject all heresies which run in any way counter to these propositions.
  5. We believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. When the Son of God was on earth, He entrusted His Church to St. Peter, the prince of the Apostles, telling him that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. (See St. Matthew 16:18.) Nevertheless, many have since stated that the gates of Hell did indeed prevail against it, that Our Lord allowed the Church, which He promised never to abandon (see the close of St. Matthew's Gospel), to teach error and heresy to His faithful for over a thousand years. This proposition is patently and simply ridiculous. We reject all those theories which would deny an institutional Church or the authority of the successors of the Apostles, especially their prince, Peter, over that Church. We do not hold that the ministers of the Church are inerrant; indeed, they have erred, are erring, and doubtlessly will err many times. But we reject firmly and without hesitation all theories which state that the Church itself, in her official teaching, may offer stones as food to the children of God.
  6. We acknowledge the seven Sacraments of the Church. There are only seven Sacraments, no more and no less, and this has been taught since the beginning. Any theory which would raise or reduce their number, or deny their efficacy by the simple fact of being done, is by this affirmation firmly rejected.
  7. We look for the Resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. We believe that in the end of days the dead will rise again, with new bodies to match their eternal rewards, whether good or ill. We deny the novel theories of "rapture" and other corruptions of this doctrine which will not acknowledge the presence of men, with resurrected bodies, on the new earth which God will create after the old one passes away.
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