What Catholics Believe

What We Believe

We are a passionately Roman Catholic community. Everything we believe has been handed to us by God through Divine Revelation both in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. While God has spoken to us in many and various ways, it is His son, Jesus Christ, who is the mediator and fullness of all revelation. This Divine Revelation has continued to be handed down and taught through His Church.

For there to be a true community of faith, there needs to be a common language of faith, normative for all and uniting all in the same confession of faith. From the beginning and throughout the centuries the Church expressed this one faith through syntheses called “professions of faith” since they summarize the faith that Christians profess. Commonly they are called “creeds” on account of what is usually their first word in Latin: credo (“I believe”). Among all the creeds, one that occupies a special place in the Church's life is the Nicene Creed.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Check the information on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' website  for another perspective on this question of Catholic Belief.