Profession of Faith Theological Commission - 1961

Currently, I am reading 'The Second Vatican Council - An Unwritten Story' by Prof. Roberto de Mattei.  I am finding it fascinating and strangely easier to read than 'The Rhine Flows Into The Tiber".

One thing that struck me was the profession of faith that was developed, approved by the Pope and Cardinal Ottaviani, but rejected as being too defensive by the Central Commission.

I have reproduced the sections of the "Formula nova professionis fidei" found in Prof. Mattei's book. I believe, as it is a completely orthodox profession of faith, it provides an excellent touchstone for identifying the errors that have coursed through the veins of the Church for years even before the Council.

I acknowledge with sincere faith original sin, through which all men have sinned in their first father, Adam, (as a) sin strictly speaking that is transmitted by generation and belongs to each individual.

I acknowledge as absolutely certain signs the external proofs of revelation, and first of all the miracles and the prophecies, through which without any doubt it is demonstrated that the Christian religion has a divine origin, and I maintain that even today it is suited to the human intellect. I also maintain that the Church itself, considered per se, on account of its universal unity, its sublime holiness, its inexhaustible fruitfulness in all good things, its marvelous diffusion, and its invincible firmness, is a perpetual reason for belief and an indisputable testimony to its divine inheritance.

I sincerely accept the doctrine of the faith handed down to us by the apostles by way of the orthodox fathers with the same meaning and with the same expressions.  Therefore, even though the Church grows in its understanding of revealed truth, I nevertheless reject as heretical the opinion of the evolution of dogmas which with the passage of time take on a different meaning from the one that the Church taught once and for all.

I hold that the deposit of faith, that is to say, the word of God written or handed down by the apostles, is complete. I firmly hold that sacred scripture, free of all error, must be explained with the guidance of the magisterium of the faith, according to the norm of tradition and according to the analogy of the faith.

I profess that faith is not just an obscure religious sentiment or just an opinion of the mind, but a true assent of the intellect to the truth, received from the outside by hearing, through which we believe what has been revealed and testified by a personal God, because of the authority of God who is supremely truthful, and in believining in him we offer the full submission of our intellect and will, with the inspiration and the help of God's grace.

I profess without any doubt at all of the other truths defined a proclaimed by the ecumenical councils and above all by the sacred Council of Trent and the First Vatican Ecumenical Council, particularly with regard to the primacy of jurisdiction of the Roman pontiff and his infallible magisterium, and so I condemn and reject what has been condemned and rejected in those same councils and in the encyclical letters, especially Pascendi and Humani generis.

This true Catholic faith, apart from which no one can be saved, I now profess freely, and I sincerely uphold it, and I will strive so that it may be preserved whole and inviolate by me and by those who are subject to me, until the breath of my life, with utmost firmness and absolute constancy, with the help of God. As so I myself, N., in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who will judge me worthy of eternal life or everlasting punishment, do promise, vow, and swear.

Reference: Quoted by Prof. Roberto de Mattei in The Second Vatican Council - An Unwritten Story, pp129-131


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