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11 February 2013

The Pope Resigns; the Creed is the Same

I remarked to a faculty member this morning, "This will bring out the worst in all of us."

"This," is, of course, Benedict's impending resignation.

"The worst," is, of course, well, check your Facebook and Twitter feeds: you'll get what I mean.

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And yet, this is an opportunity for the Church to be at its best: the Church praying.  

No matter who is elected Pope, no matter what story is published and then re-edited by NCRs National Catholic (Register or Reporter), the Apostles' Creed, the symbol of faith, will remain the same.  The details will undoubtedly be debated (as well they should), if only because the real issue is not rights, or morality, or polity: no, the real reason why Catholics fight and pray is because we are really trying to come to grips with the Creed.  Or, as Anselm asked, Cur Deus Homo?

That is, in a real sense, why and how I'm able to remain Catholic: men and women throughout the centuries have grappled with thousands and millions of issues, yet the fundamental thrust of our faith remains the same.  The Creed remains the same. 

And why?  Why doesn't it change?  

Precisely because Saint Paul was absolutely, totally and completely correct:

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sinsin accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third dayin accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.After that, Christ appeared to morethan five hundred brothers at once,most of whom are still living,though some have fallen asleep.After that he appeared to James,then to all the apostles.Last of all, as to one born abnormally,he appeared to me.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8

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