Whosoever will be Saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic [Apostolic/Universal] Faith, which except
everyone shall have kept Whole and Undefiled, without doubt he will Perish Eternally.
Now the Catholic Faith is this: We worship One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons nor dividing
For there is One Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, is One, the Glory Equal, the Majesty Coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit; the Father Uncreated, the Son Uncreated, and the Holy Spirit
Uncreated; the Father Infinite, the Son Infinite, and the Holy Spirit Infinite; the Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy
Spirit Eternal. And yet not Three Eternals but One Eternal, as also not Three Infinites, nor Three Uncreated, but One Uncreated,
and One Infinite. So, likewise, the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Spirit Almighty; and yet not Three
Almighties but One Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son God, and the Holy Spirit God; and yet not Three Gods but One God. So the Father is Lord, the Son Lord,
and the Holy Spirit Lord; and yet not Three Lords but One Lord. For like as we are compelled by Christian Truth to acknowledge
every Person by Himself to be both God and Lord; so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say, there be Three Gods or
The Father is Made of none, neither Created nor Begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not Made nor Created but Begotten. The
Holy Spirit is of the Father and the Son, not Made nor Created nor Begotten but Proceeding. So there is One Father not three Fathers,
One Son not Three Sons, and One Holy Spirit not Three Holy Spirits. And in this Trinity there is nothing before or after, nothing
greater or less, but the whole Three Persons are Coeternal together and Coequal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Trinity in Unity and the Unity in Trinity is to be Worshipped. He therefore who wills
to be in a State of Salvation, let him think thus of the Trinity.
But it is necessary to Eternal Salvation that he also believe Faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Right Faith
therefore is that we Believe and Confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man.
He is God of the Substance of the Father Begotten before the Worlds, and He is Man of the Substance of His mother born in the World;
Perfect God, Perfect Man subsisting of a Reasoning Soul and Human Flesh; equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, inferior to
the Father as touching His Manhood.
Who although He be God and Man yet, He is not Two but One Christ; One however not by Conversion of the Godhead in the Flesh, but by
taking of the Manhood in God; One altogether not by Confusion of Substance but by Unity of Person. For as the Reasoning Soul and
Flesh is One Man, so God and Man is One Christ.
Who suffered for our Salvation, descended into Hell, rose again from the Dead, ascended into Heaven, sits at the Right Hand of the
Father, from whence He shall come to Judge the Living and the Dead. At Whose coming all Men shall rise again with their Bodies and
shall give Account for their own Works. And they that have done Good shall go into Life Eternal, and they who indeed have done Evil
into Eternal Fire.
This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man shall have believed Faithfully and Firmly he cannot be in a State of Salvation.
I most steadfastly admit and embrace Apostolical and Ecclesiastical Traditions, and all other Observances and Constitutions of the
I also admit the Holy Scripture according to that sense which our Holy Mother the Church has held, and does hold, to which it
belongs to Judge of 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 for every one; to wit, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme
Unction, Order, and Matrimony; and that they confer Grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Order cannot be reiterated
without Sacrilege. I also receive and admit the received and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church in the Solemn Administration
of the aforesaid Sacraments.
I embrace and receive all and every one of the things which have 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 there is made a Conversion 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 kind alone Christ is received Whole and Entire, and a True Sacrament.
I constantly 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 Invocated, and that they offer Prayers to God for
us, and that their Relics are to be Respected.
I most firmly assert that the Images of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever Virgin, and also of the Saints, ought to be had 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
I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church for the Mother and Mistress of all Churches; and I promise True Obedience
to the Bishop of Rome, successor to Saint 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 I Condemn, Reject, and Anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all Heresies whatsoever, Condemned, Rejected, and
Anathematized by the Church.
This True Catholic Faith, without which no one can be Saved, I (N.N.) do at this present freely confess and
sincerely hold; and I promise most constantly to retain, and confess the same entire and unviolated, with God's assistance, to the
end of my life.
The Credo of the People of God
Promulgated on June 30, 1968
by His Holiness Pope Paul VI
WE BELIEVE in One only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator of things Visible such
as this world in which our transient life passes, of things Invisible such as the Pure
Spirits which are also called Angels, and Creator in each Man of his Spiritual and
We believe that this Only God is absolutely One in His Infinitely Holy Essence as also
in all His Perfections, in His Omnipotence, His Infinite Knowledge, His Providence, His
Will and His Love. He is He Who is, as He revealed to Moses, and He is Love, as the
Apostle John teaches us: so that these two names, Being and Love, express ineffably the
same Divine Reality of Him Who has wished to make Himself known to us, and who,
"dwelling in light inaccessible" is in Himself above every name, above every
thing and above every Created Intellect. God alone can give us Right and Full Knowledge of
this Reality by revealing Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in whose Eternal Life we
are by Grace called to share, here below in the Obscurity of Faith and after Death in
Eternal Light. The Mutual Bonds which Eternally Constitute the Three Persons, Who are each
One and the Same Divine Being, are the Blessed inmost life of God Thrice Holy, Infinitely
beyond all that we can Conceive in Human Measure. We give thanks, however, to the Divine
Goodness that very many Believers can testify with us before Men to the unity of God, even
though they know not the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.
We believe then in the Father Who Eternally Begets the Son, in the Son, the Word of
God, Who is Eternally Begotten; in the Holy Spirit, the Uncreated Person Who Proceeds from
the Father and the Son as Their Eternal Love. Thus in the Three Divine Persons, coaeternae
sibi et coaequales, the Life and Beatitude of God Perfectly one superabound and are
consummated in the Supreme Excellence and Glory proper to Uncreated Being, and always
"there should be Venerated Unity in the Trinity and Trinity in the Unity".
We Believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Son of God. He is the Eternal Word,
born of the Father before time began, and One in Substance with the Father, homoousios to
Patri, and through Him all things were made. He was Incarnate of the Virgin Mary by the
Power of the Holy Spirit, and was made Man: equal therefore to the Father according to His
Divinity, and inferior to the Father according to His Humanity; and Himself One, not by
some impossible confusion of His Natures, but by the Unity of His Person.
He dwelt among us, full of Grace and Truth. He proclaimed and established the Kingdom
of God and made us know in Himself the Father. He gave us His New Commandment to Love one
another as He Loved us. He taught us the way of the Beatitudes of the Gospel: Poverty in
Spirit, Meekness, Suffering borne with Patience, thirst after Justice, Mercy, Purity of
Heart, Will for Peace, persecution suffered for Justice sake. Under Pontius Pilate He
suffered -- the Lamb of God bearing on Himself the Sins of the World, and He Died for us on
the Cross, saving us by His Redeeming Blood. He was Buried, and, of His Own Power, Rose on
the Third Day, raising us by His Resurrection to that sharing in the Divine Life which is
the Life of Grace. He Ascended to Heaven, and He will come again, this time in Glory, to
Judge the Living and the Dead: each according to his Merits -- those who have responded to
the Love and Piety of God going to Eternal Life, those who have refused them to the end
going to the Fire that is not extinguished.
And His Kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is Lord, and Giver of Life, Who is Adored and
Glorified together with the Father and the Son. He spoke to us by the Prophets; He was
sent by Christ after His Resurrection and His Ascension to the Father; He Illuminates,
Vivifies, Protects and Guides the Church; He Purifies the Church's Members if they do not
shun His Grace. His Action, which penetrates to the inmost of the Soul, enables Man to
respond to the Call of Jesus: Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is Perfect (Matthew
We believe that Mary is the Mother, who remained ever a Virgin, of the Incarnate Word,
our God and Savior Jesus Christ, and that by reason of this Singular Election, she was, in
consideration of the Merits of her Son, Redeemed in a more Eminent Manner, preserved from
all Stain of Original Sin and filled with the Gift of Grace more than all other Creatures.
Joined by a Close and Indissoluble Bond to the Mysteries of the Incarnation and
Redemption, the Blessed Virgin, the Immaculate, was at the End of her Earthly Life raised
Body and Soul to Heavenly Glory and likened to her Risen Son in anticipation of the future
lot of all the Just; and we believe that the Blessed Mother of God, the New Eve, Mother of
the Church, continues in Heaven her Maternal role with regard to Christ's Members,
cooperating with the Birth and Growth of Divine Life in the Souls of the Redeemed.
We believe that in Adam all have sinned, which means that the Original Offense
committed by him caused Human Nature, common to all men, to Fall to a State in which it
bears the consequences of that Offense, and which is not the State in which it was at
first in our First Parents -- established as they were in Holiness and Justice, and in which
Man knew neither Evil nor Death. It is Human Nature so Fallen Stripped of the Grace that
clothed it, injured in its own Natural Powers and subjected to the Dominion of Death, that
is transmitted to all Men, and it is in this sense that every Man is Born in Sin. We
therefore hold, with the Council of Trent, that Original Sin, is transmitted with Human
Nature, "not by imitation, but by propagation" and that it is thus "proper
We believe that Our Lord Jesus Christ, by the Sacrifice of the Cross, Redeemed us from
Original Sin and all the Personal sins committed by each one of us, so that, in accordance
with the Word of the Apostle, "where Sin abounded Grace did more abound".
We believe in One Baptism instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ for the Remission of
Sins. Baptism should be administered even to little children who have not yet been able to
be Guilty of any Personal Sin, in order that, though born deprived of Supernatural Grace,
they may be reborn "of water and the Holy Spirit" to the Divine Life in Christ
We believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church built by Jesus Christ on that
Rock which is Peter. She is the Mystical Body of Christ; at the same time a Visible
Society instituted with Hierarchical Organs, and a Spiritual Community; the Church on
Earth, the Pilgrim People of God here below, and the Church filled with Heavenly
Blessings; the Germ and the First Fruits of the Kingdom of God, through which the Work and
the Sufferings of Redemption are continued throughout Human History, and which looks for
its perfect accomplishment beyond Time in Glory. In the course of Time, the Lord Jesus
forms His Church by means of the Sacraments emanating from His Plenitude. By these she
makes her members participants in the Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ, in
the Grace of the Holy Spirit Who gives Her Life and Movement. She is therefore Holy,
though She has Sinners in Her Bosom, because She Herself has no other life but that of
Grace: it is by living by Her Life that Her Members are Sanctified; it is by removing
themselves from Her Life that they Fall into Sins and Disorders that prevent the radiation
of Her Sanctity. This is why She Suffers and does Penance for these Offenses, of which She
has the Power to Heal Her children through the Blood of Christ and the Gift of the Holy
Heiress of the Divine Promises and Daughter of Abraham according to the Spirit, through
that Israel whose Scriptures She lovingly guards, and whose Patriarchs and Prophets She
Venerates; founded upon the Apostles and handing on from century to century their
ever-living Word and their Powers as Pastors in the Successor of Peter and the Bishops in
Communion with him; perpetually assisted by the Holy Spirit, She has the charge of
Guarding, Teaching, Explaining and Spreading the Truth which God revealed in a then Veiled
Manner by the Prophets, and fully by the Lord Jesus. We believe all that is contained in
the Word of God written or handed down, and that the Church proposes for belief as
Divinely Revealed, whether by a Solemn Judgment or by the Ordinary and Universal
Magisterium. We believe in the Infallibility enjoyed by the Successor of Peter when he
teaches ex-cathedra as Pastor and Teacher of all the Faithful, and which is assured also
to the Episcopal Body when it exercises with him the Supreme Magisterium.
We believe that the Church founded by Jesus Christ and for which He Prayed is
indefectibly One in Faith, Worship and the Bond of Hierarchical Communion. In the Bosom of
this Church, the rich variety of Liturgical Rites and the Legitimate Diversity of
Theological and Spiritual Heritages and Special Disciplines, far from injuring Her Unity,
make it more Manifest.
Recognizing also the existence, outside the Organism of the Church of Christ of
numerous elements of Truth and Sanctification which belong to Her as Her own and tend to
Catholic Unity, and Believing in the Action of the Holy Spirit Who stirs up in the Heart
of the Disciples of Christ Love of this Unity, we entertain the Hope that the Christians
who are not yet in the Full Communion of the One Only Church will one day be reunited in
One Flock with One Only Shepherd.
We believe that the Church is necessary for Salvation, because Christ, Who is the Sole
Mediator and Way of Salvation, renders Himself present for us in His Body which is the
Church. But the Divine Design of Salvation embraces all men, and those who without fault
on their part do not know the Gospel of Christ and His Church, but seek God sincerely, and
under the influence of Grace endeavor to do His Will as recognized through the Promptings
of their Conscience, they, in a number known only to God, can obtain Salvation.
We believe that the Mass, celebrated by the Priest representing the Person of Christ by
virtue of the Power received through the Sacrament of Orders, and offered by him in the
name of Christ and the members of His Mystical Body, is the Sacrifice of Calvary rendered
Sacramentally present on our Altars. We believe that as the Bread and Wine Consecrated by
the Lord at the Last Supper were changed into His Body and His Blood which were to be
Offered for us on the Cross, likewise the Bread and Wine Consecrated by the Priest are
changed into the Body and Blood of Christ enthroned Gloriously in Heaven, and we believe
that the Mysterious Presence of the Lord, under what continues to appear to our Senses as
before, is a True, Real and Substantial Presence.
Christ cannot be thus present in this Sacrament except by the Change into His Body of
the reality itself of the Bread and the change into His Blood of the reality itself of the
Wine, leaving unchanged only the Properties of the Bread and Wine which our Senses
perceive. This Mysterious Change is very appropriately called by the Church
Transubstantiation. Every Theological explanation which seeks some understanding of this
Mystery must, in order to be in accord with Catholic Faith, maintain that in the reality
itself, independently of our Mind, the Bread and Wine have ceased to exist after the
Consecration, so that it is the adorable Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus that from then
on are really before us under the Sacramental Species of Bread and Wine, as the Lord
Willed it, in order to give Himself to us as Food and to associate us with the Unity of
His Mystical Body.
The unique and indivisible existence of the Lord Glorious in Heaven is not multiplied,
but is rendered present by the Sacrament in the many places on Earth where Mass is
celebrated. And this existence remains present, after the Sacrifice, in the Blessed
Sacrament which is, in the Tabernacle, the Living Heart of each of our Churches. And it is
our very sweet Duty to Honor and Adore in the Blessed Host which our eyes see, the
Incarnate Word Whom they cannot see, and who, without leaving Heaven, is made present
We confess that the Kingdom of God begun here below in the Church of Christ is not of
this World whose form is passing, and that its Proper Growth cannot be confounded with the
Progress of Civilization, of Science or of Human Technology, but that it consists in an
ever more Profound Knowledge of the Unfathomable Riches of Christ, an ever stronger Hope
in Eternal Blessings, an ever more ardent response to the Love of God, and an ever more
generous bestowal of Grace and Holiness among men. But it is this same Love which induces
the Church to concern Herself constantly about the true Temporal Welfare of Men. Without
ceasing to recall to her children that they have not here a lasting dwelling, she also
urges them to contribute, each according to his vocation and his means, to the welfare of
their Earthly City, to promote Justice, Peace and Brotherhood among Men, to give their aid
freely to their Brothers, especially to the poorest and most unfortunate. The deep
solicitude of the Church, the Spouse of Christ, for the Needs of Men, for their Joys and
Hopes, their Griefs and Efforts, is therefore nothing other than Her great desire to be
present to them, in order to illuminate them with the Light of Christ and to gather them
all in Him, their Only Savior. This Solicitude can never mean that the Church conform
Herself to the things of this World, or that She lessen the ardor of Her expectation of
Her Lord and of the Eternal Kingdom.
We believe in the Life Eternal. We believe that the Souls of all those who die in the
Grace of Christ -- whether they must still be Purified in Purgatory, or whether from the
moment they leave their Bodies Jesus takes them to Paradise as He did for the Good
Thief -- are the People of God in the Eternity beyond Death, which will be finally conquered
on the Day of the Resurrection when these Souls will be reunited with their Bodies.
We believe that the multitude of those gathered around Jesus and Mary in Paradise forms
the Church of Heaven, where in Eternal Beatitude they see God as He is, and where they
also, in different degrees, are associated with the Holy Angels in the Divine Rule
exercised by Christ in Glory, interceding for us and helping our Weakness by their
We believe in the Communion of all the Faithful of Christ, those who are Pilgrims on
Earth, the Dead who are attaining their Purification, and the Blessed in Heaven, all
together forming One Church; and we believe that in this Communion the Merciful Love of
God and His Saints is ever listening to our Prayers, as Jesus told us: Ask and you will
receive. Thus it is with Faith and in Hope that we look forward to the Resurrection of the
Dead, and the Life of the World to come.
Blessed be God Thrice Holy.