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The "Professio fidei Tridentina", also known as the "Creed of Pope Pius IV", is one of the four authoritative Creeds of the Catholic Church. It was issued on November 13, 1565 by Pope Pius IV in his bull "Iniunctum nobis" under the auspices of the Council of Trent (1545 - 1563). It was subsequently modified slightly after the First Vatican Council (1869 - 1870) to bring it inline with the dogmatic definitions of the Council. The major intent of the Creed was to clearly define the Catholic faith against Protestantism. At one time it was used by Theologians as an oath of loyalty to the Church and to reconcile converts to the Church, but it is rarely used these days. We do not accept the teachings and beliefs of the Old Roman Catholic Church thus we are not Old Catholic, we are The Traditional Roman Catholic Church, we believe and profess what Our Lord taught and the Apostles believed, based on the three pillars of the Church. Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium. Unlike many Traditionalist groups we do not engaged in debates, or arguments concerning Validity of Orders. Such arguments cause further wounds to the body of Christ and are not conducive to the practice of the true religion.
Thus this is what we believe and profess:
I, N, with a firm faith believe and profess each and everything which is contained in the Creed which the Holy Roman Church maketh use of. To wit:
I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker 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 of God, Light of Light, true God of true God. Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. By whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. He was also crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and sits 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. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, and who spoke through the prophets. And one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Apostolic and Ecclesiastical traditions and all other observances and constitutions of that same Church I firmly admit to and embrace.
I also accept the Holy Scripture according to that sense which holy mother the Church hath held, and doth hold, and to whom it belongeth to judge the true sense and interpretations of the Scriptures. Neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.
I also profess that there are truly and properly Seven Sacraments of the New Law, instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all are necessary for everyone; to wit, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders cannot be repeated without sacrilege. I also receive and admit the accepted and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of the aforesaid sacraments.
I embrace and accept each and everything which has been defined and declared in the holy Council of Trent concerning original sin and justification.
I profess, likewise, that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; and that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially, the Body and Blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that a conversion takes place of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, which conversion the Catholic Church calls Transubstantiation. I also confess that under either species alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true sacrament.
I steadfastly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful. Likewise, that the saints, reigning together with Christ, are to be honored and invoked, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be venerated. I most firmly assert that the images of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever virgin, and also of other Saints, ought to be kept and retained, and that due honor and veneration is to be given them.
I also affirm that the power of indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.
I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church as the mother and teacher of all churches; and I promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.
I likewise undoubtedly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined, and declared by the sacred Canons, and general Councils, and particularly by the holy Council of Trent, and by the ecumenical Council of the Vatican, particularly concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible teaching. I condemn, reject, and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Church hath condemned, rejected, and anathematized.
This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved, which I now freely profess and to which I truly adhere, I do so profess and swear to maintain inviolate and with firm constancy with the help of God until the last breath of life. And I shall strive, as far as possible, that this same faith shall be held, taught, and professed by all those over whom I have charge. I N. do so pledge, promise, and swear, so help me God and these Holy Gospels of God.
This is what believe and this is what we profess so help us God
letter comes to you as an encouragement during these troublesome times in which
we live. God is calling for strong and valiant men to be his priests I hope
this letter cause you to take your priesthood seriously. As your spiritual
Father I am very concerned about each and everyone of you. I know that distance
separates us from each other physically, but it ought not separate us
spiritually. I often wonder how many of you live day by day and how do you take
care of yourselves physically, mentally spiritually and financially. I am deeply concerned! After you read this
letter I want each priest to write a personal letter to make me aware of what’s
going on in your lives. I would hope that you are obedient to God and to the
teaching of Christ Church and lastly that you are obedient to me his servant
over your lives.
reason why I dare to write to you is this great truth: that, essentially, all
priests share the same Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore, we
are essentially united in our source, in the sacramental character, which made
you and me an “alter Christus” (another Christ) – a participant in his Eternal
priesthood. However, if we are united in Him, it is only logical that we should
be united among our- selves. How much Our Lord desired this spiritual union,
when, in His sacerdotal prayer, He asked the Eternal Father that “they may be
one, as you in me, and me in them!” (Jn. 17:21)
however, it seems that many priests are isolated, maybe not physically, but
spiritually. True union among priests depends upon their union to the Eternal
High Priest. And the more we encourage one another to be united with HIM, the
more we are able to help one another in this dangerous world.
know probably better than me the attacks made on the Holy Priest- hood. From
all sides (particularly in the modern secular media) we hear of the priesthood
being held up to ridicule, or being denounced for its opposition to progress, to
women, to human rights, to the dignity of man, to freedom, or being a sanctuary
of the most despicable per- versions etc. The world seems not to understand us
anymore. W e have be- come strangers and suspect individuals because somehow we
do not fit the pat- terns of the world’s ideals. “Vae soli”, says in
Ecclesiastes (4:10): “woe to him that is alone”, because it is almost too
difficult to resist such pressures always and everywhere. Hence, the necessity
to join and help one another, to keep or to find again the beauty and greatness
of our priesthood, to fix our eyes constantly upon Jesus Christ, our “One and
All”, according to the motto of Saint Francis of Assisi: “Deus meus et omnia!”
(My God and my All).
are two means by which we keep our priesthood alive in our souls and vanquish
the attacks of the world; St. John teaches us the first means with great
clarity: “this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith” (1 Jn.
faith is in great decline in the world today. I have spoken many times about
the crisis of the faith. It is easy to see that, in the last 50 years, we have
lived through a total change of orientation within the Church. Generally, the
message of the hierarchy is now turned to- wards the world, towards man’s life,
his sorrow and joys in this world. The eternal truths are no longer on top of
the list of subjects to be meditated and taught, and a number of these truths
are even considered to be outdated.”. Similarly, the doctrine of the “novissima”
(the Last Ends) has been totally eclipsed - a profound silence envelops the
important truths about judgment, hell, purgatory, consequence of mortal sin,
the permanent wounds of original sin left in us etc..
cannot survive as priests if we do not try to lift our hearts towards eternal
truths. The truth must occupy us, fascinate us. If we do not keep the flame of
faith alight, we will no longer under- stand our own priesthood, which is eminently
a mystery of faith. It follows, therefore, that “the world does not understand
us, because it does not under- stand Him” (1 Jn. 3:1).
think that it is not temerity if I say that we need to be strengthened in our
faith. You certainly know the deep crisis of the priesthood: so many priests
have abandoned their priesthood, so many priests live in a state of depression
and disillusionment in front of a frustrating collapse of Christian life.
reason why our faith is at risk is because we are all in danger of seeing
things on a merely natural level: “others live an easy life and can be Christians,
so why do I have to be alone and despised? Others have legitimate pleasures and
compensations for their efforts, so why should they be forbidden for me?”
Therefore, some priests demand that they be allowed natural comforts that were
forbidden before: for example, so many no longer want priestly celibacy. Others
fall because they gratify themselves to excess with things that are not
expressly forbidden: it is so sad to see so many of our confreres addicted to
alcoholism, dependent on the internet and movies, always looking for money, for
holidays and for a comfortable life... The consequences are often disastrous: a
double life, the abandon of priesthood, apostasy.
is so important to strengthen our faith, to enter the high regions of eternal
light and truth given by Our Lord! This supernatural REALITY of the faith will
open our eyes and give us the light to detect the illusions and false
ideologies which undermine the faith and make the people slaves of evil.
second means by which we keep our priesthood alive in our souls and vanquish the
attacks of the world is sanctity. In St. John’s Gospel, Our Lord begs the
Father: “Sanctifica eos!” (Sanctify them!) (Jn. 17:17). The priest is a consecrated
being; he holds in his hand and keeps in his heart the MOST HOLY. To him
particularly, Our Lord says: “Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly
Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). If we are aware of the awesome greatness of our
priesthood, which puts us above all the angels and makes us accomplish miracles
that no man and no angel can accomplish, then we must have an immense desire to
“imitate, what we accomplish” (Imitamini quod tractatis). Hands, which touch
the Most Holy, should be hands of a holy man. Therefore, above all we must have
a profound desire of union with God and lead a life of prayer and so “taste and
see how good He is” (Ps. 33:9). With admiration we con- sider our elder brother
priests who lived a holy life. In times past, such priests converted whole
countries and brought millions of souls to eternal salvation. We have a lot to
learn from them, and if we follow their footsteps, Our Lord promises that we
may accomplish similar things.
Source of Faith and Holiness : The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
the most perfect expression and means of realization of both faith and
sanctification is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Here we are at the very heart
of our priesthood, here we are at the rea- son of our being, as revealed to us
by Our Lord on Maundy Thursday. On this day, He ordered us to accomplish exactly
what He showed us: “Hoc facite in meam commemorationem” (Do this for a
commemoration of Me) (Lk. 22:19).
Church Needs Faithful and Holy Priests:
Gregory the Great wrote: “the greatest harm for the Church are un- faithful
priests; the greatest good for the Church are fervent and holy priests.” Our
Lord wanted His kingdom to be hierarchical, and His holy will is to give God’s
light and graces mainly through the priests, who are called by St. Peter “forma
gregis ex animo” (a pattern of the flock from the heart) (1 Pet. 5:3): the
souls of our flock depend upon the pat- tern we give them.
have probably heard of the saying of Saint John Mary Vianney: “Holy priest –
good parish; good priest – aver- age parish; average priest – bad parish; bad
priest – no parish”.
Church needs holy priests with a firm faith perhaps more than ever before. The
Church needs us to console her and heal the wounds inflicted upon her (from inside
and from without). The Church needs us to win back her children who have been
betrayed by unfaithful priests, she needs us to restore her and work for her
Mother of Faithful and Holy Priests:
we see faithful and holy priests with an edifying and successful apostolate, we
can be sure, that every one of them relies expressly upon the help of their
priestly mother, Our Lady, the Immaculata! There are many priests who I know
personally who declare openly that, without HER, they would have abandoned
everything, and others, who say that they overcame terrible cri- sis thanks to
the Rosary, etc.
strengthen the bond between us by helping you see and realize the grandeur, the
beauty, the necessity and the foundations of your priestly life is the reason
why I dare to send you this letter, my dear sons. If this letter pleases you
and you think that it might do spiritual good to any of your fellow priests,
then please pass it on to be read, or send me addresses so that it may be sent
humbly your prayers, I promise you mine; wishing you grace and strength from
Our Lord Himself, that He may fortify you in all your trials and console you in
your sorrows, and that Our Lady, the best of all mothers, may constantly
protect you from all enemies of our salvation.
I Remain your Servant,
A Quote from St. Athanasius
The Traditional Roman Catholic Church is a body of Christians committed to the Person of Jesus Christ and His teachings. We are a historical part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
We are a Traditional Catholic Church, defending the Sacred Traditions as passed on by the Apostles, the Church Fathers, and the Councils, prior to Vatican II.
We welcome you to become a part of our tradition. We are committed to loving parishes, missions, and chapels throughout the world as guided by the Holy Ghost. We are also committed to training and forming men to be sacred priests.
St. Athanasius says, "May
God console you! ... What saddens you ... is the fact that others have
occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the
outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the
Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the
true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith
dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or
the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in
the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the
Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached
there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way ...
the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith,
who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to
you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to
shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the
ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever,
will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that
God will give us our churches back some day.
the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more
they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent
the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling
themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to
Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true
Church of Jesus Christ."
(Letter of St. Athanasius to his Flock)
A Quote from St. Augustine
And on this point the reader may benefit from the judgment of Saint Augustine: “Often, too, divine providence permits even good men to be driven from the congregation of Christ by the turbulent seditions of carnal men. When for the sake of the peace of the Church they patiently endure that insult or injury, and attempt no novelties in the way of heresy or schism, they will teach men how God is to be served with a true disposition and with great and sincere charity. The intention of such men is to return when the tumult has subsided. But if that is not permitted because the storm continues or because a fiercer one might be stirred up by their return, they hold fast to their purpose to look to the good even of those responsible for the tumults and commotions that drove them out. They form no separate conventicles of their own, but defend to the death and assist by their testimony the faith which they know is preached in the Catholic Church. These the Father who seeth in secret crowns secretly. It appears that this is a rare kind of Christian, but examples are not lacking. Indeed, there are more than can be believed. So divine providence uses all kinds of men as examples for the oversight of souls and for the building up of his spiritual people.”
(De vera religione, in Augustine: Earlier Writings, translated by John H. S. Burleigh [Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1953], 231.)
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Lord Jesus Christ, so, too, we announce to you the glad tidings on the Resurrection of
The Sunday of Septuagesima will fall on January 24, 2016, Ash Wednesday and the
beginning of the most holy Lenten fast on February 10, 2016. On March 27, 2016, you
shall celebrate with greatest joy the holy Pasch (Easter) of our Lord's Resurrection.
The Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ will occur on May 5, 2016, The Feast of
Pentecost on May 15, 2016. The Feast of Corpus Christi on May 26, 2016.
November 27th, 2016, will usher in the Advent of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to Whom be
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