Within days of Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven & the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the 120 disciples gathered in the Cenacle (i.e., the place where Jesus’ Last Supper --- the first Holy Mass --- was held) upon the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Ghost through the prayers & supplications of the Blessed Virgin Mary had inspired Jesus’ Twelve Apostles (of whom the twelfth, Matthias, was a replacement for the suicidal traitor, Judas Iscariot) to compose a short, concise statement of what Jesus had taught them was necessary for a man to know, believe, profess & obey in order to enter Jesus’ Body, the Catholic Church, and so have real hope of saving his soul. To understand better what this Creed means, please see the Catechisms area as soon as I can make something available. Meanwhile, I have posted both the English & Latin translations, Latin being the ancient, sanctified language of the Roman Catholic Faith.
Some 300 years after Christ’s Death, Resurrection & Ascension into Heaven, the Roman Catholic Church was beset by an overwhelming amount of persons --- either masquerading as good members or, exposed for the heretics that they were, nevertheless still calling themselves ‘catholics’ and thus by their numbers & power sweeping up many other souls into their damnable errors --- who did not acknowledge Jesus Christ as both fully God & fully man. That is to say, when you got right down to it with them (and it was often very hard to get them to come wholly clean about it), they didn’t really think that Jesus was as much God as He was a man: they effectively denied His Divinity. The first ecumenical council of the Church was then held in Nicea, under papal authority as vested in his legates (representatives), to figure out what to do about the matter. Various infallible declarations & wise decrees issued forth, but the most famous of anything that they did was this holy creed, still recited at every Mass ever said anywhere in the world by a Catholic priest.
Around the same time that the Nicene
Creed was composed,
Some 1200 years later during the A.D.
1500s many Catholics in the northern European countries rebelled against the
Papacy and started a new religion which came to be known as ‘Protestantism’.
Still calling themselves ‘christian’ (and still pretending to be ‘catholic’,
too, at first), their spiritual lies & obstinate arrogance compelled the popes
to convoke the Council of Trent in order to combat their heresies, the latter then
invoking the Supernatural Power of the Holy Ghost as given to them to protect
God’s True Church from solemnly teaching error. The popes also wished to cleanse
members of Roman Catholicism from various immoralities that had crept into
their lives, these long-entrenched sins forming the rotten soil from which the putridity
of Protestantism had germinated in the first place. It should come as no surprise,
therefore --- and worldly or heretical readers will know exactly what I’m
talking about --- that
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