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The Credo of the People of God by Pope Paul VI
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Sep 29, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, church-documents, religion, spiritual, theology, scripture
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This year Pope Benedict XVI has dedicated to the Apostle Paul. Forty years ago Pope Paul VI did something similar. He dedicated a year of celebrations to the apostles Peter and Paul and called it the "Year of Faith" concluding it in Saint Peter’s Square, on June 30, 1968, with the proclamation of a solemn profession of faith, the "Credo of the People of God." The Credo of the People of God was intended to be more than a restatement of the principal articles or summary of the Catholic faith. A little research on this document has revealed that the philosopher Jacques Maritain, the Pope's friend may be the actual author of CotPoG. See this article for more information.

Whoever held the pen, the words illuminate our nearly two thousand year old creed. The Council of Nicaea was in 325 and was necessary to resolve disagreements arising over the nature of Jesus in relationship to the Father; in particular, whether Jesus was of the same substance as God the Father or merely of similar substance. St. Alexander of Alexandria and St. Athanasius took the first position; the popular presbyter Arius, from whom the term Arian controversy comes, took the second. The first position prevailed; the Council decided against the Arians.

The most significant outcome of that council being the Nicene Creed which was approved in amplified form at the Council of Constantinople in 381; it is the profession of the Christian Faith common to the Catholic Church, to all the Eastern Churches separated from Rome, and to most of the Protestant denominations.

My only critique of The Credo of The People of God is that it seems woefully short. But then in truth what we Christians profess to believe isn't all that long or complicated, only mysterious. There is a great deal packed into these dense sixteen pages; they don't take anytime to read. Highly recommended!

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