I am a Catholic. I am a member of the Universal Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and organized by His successor and representative on Earth; Simon Peter and the Apostles. I adhere to the beliefs put forward in the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed. I believe in the Historical Church that is a living and vital outgrowth of these early times. I believe in the Mass and I “do this in memory of Me” as I have been directed by Jesus Christ Himself; for I believe in Scripture, which says one must eat His Body and Drink His Blood in order to have everlasting life. I believe in Salvation through Christ and Christ alone and that He was and still is both man and God. I believe in the Holy Scriptures, which state that “the pillar and foundation of truth is the Church.
I do not believe this because any of it is easy; for it is not. I do not believe this because it will make me richer, more popular, or make my life easy; for it does not do any of these things. It makes my life harder, poorer, lonelier and more difficult.
I believe in the Catholic Church and its claims via Jesus Christ- because it is all True.
I believe in the office of Bishop and its Sanctity; yet I do not believe the Bishops. I believe in the Petrine Office and its Sanctity, but I do not believe the Pope. I believe in the teaching authority of Holy Mother Church, but I do not believe the integrity nor the motives of those who teach. I believe in the office of the Priesthood, yet I do not believe the Priests.
Pope Paul VI once said that the smoke of Satan has entered the Church through some fissure or crack. I believe this. I believe the Prophesies that the Church will be crucified; for it is the Mystical Body of Christ, and just like our Master, the Crucified Body will die and be raised again.
I have been lied to. I have been stolen from. I have been betrayed. All of this has been done by those who are in charge of caring for my Holy Mother, as they pound nails into Her hands and feet. Soon She will be hoisted up upon Her Cross, and all the world will jeer at Her, while only a pitiful few will refrain from running away. I will not run. I will not hide. I will not deny Her. I will kneel at the foot of Her Cross and watch Her be tortured and watch Her die- Her who is all we have of Christ on earth… for She will be raised again.
I am a Catholic. Do what you will.