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October 11, 2011

CCC 185-197

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The Creeds

  1. “I believe” is a pledge. A common faith requires a normative language. [Rom 10:9; 1 Cor 15:3-5]
  2. The Early Church used brief formulae, yet rich in the teachings of the faith.
  3. These professions of faith usually began “I believe” or “Credo” in Latin.
  4. A symbol of faith (σύμβολον) is a summary of truths recognized by those in communion.
  5. Baptism is the first profession of faith, articulated in terms of the Trinity. [Mt 28:19]
  6. The Creed emphasizes the roles of the Trinity: creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.
  7. The Creed has twelve articles, the number itself a symbol of the full apostolic faith.
  8. Many professions of faith have been formulated as needed (e.g. in response to a heresy).
  9. Creeds are not superceded or considered irrelevant.
  10. The Apostles’ Creed is a faithful summary of the apostles’ common faith and is the Creed of the Roman Church.
  11. The Niceno-Constantinopolitan (Nicene) Creed arose from two ecumenical Councils (325 & 381) and is common to all Churches, East and West.
  12. This section of the Catechism is based on the Apostles’ Creed, with details based on the Nicene Creed.
  13. The Creed is a standard of teaching. [Rom 6:17]

* IN BRIEF sections are materially the same as the preceding paragraphs and are generally omitted from these notes.


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