The Apostle’s Creed is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ teaching. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome.-Catechism of the Catholic Church, 184.I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.Often today priests and bishops refuse and avoid talking about the truths of the faith, especially controversial ideas which may appear antithetical to modern secular ears. They seem paralysed by fear and, when I have spoken at length to them about these issues, they tend to talk about “unity” trumping the need for clarity. In other words, it is more important to pretend that everyone agrees and gets on than to actually agree and get on.

You wouldn’t think it was difficult, we have a creed. Is it too much to expect our priests and bishops to believe that creed?

Of course confronting issues means that you have to have a difficult conversation and might, in an extreme case, even lose a pastor who refuses to recant his error.

Praise the Lord

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