Statement of Fidelity to the Catholic Church
(As conforming to Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem)
[We], Anthony Rosselli and Michael Hagan, with firm faith believe and profess everything that is contained in the Symbol of faith: namely:
[We] believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
[We] believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again 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.
[We] believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. [We] believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. [We] acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. [We] look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
With firm faith, [we] also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgement or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.
[We] also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.
Moreover, [we] adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.
Anthony Rosselli (contact) is a graduate theology student at the University of Dayton. He studied English Literature and Philosophy at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He is particularly interested in Mariology and Ecclesiology, as well as the theologies of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, and William Most.
Michael Hagan is soon graduating from Grove City College with a B.A. in Economics and will be pursuing an M.A. in Theology at Villanova University in the Fall of 2013. His passion for learning and teaching about the Catholic Church stems from his desire to repair divisions in the Church. His particular areas of interest are in patristics, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Patrick, the sacraments, the New Testament, economic ethics, and ecumenism. He plans to get his Ph.D. in Theology and use his talents to bring people into God’s Church.