WHY CREDO OF BUFFALO WAS BORNBy JAMES LIKOUDIS
In a remarkable address given on October 6, 1973, to a Catholics United for the Faith Forum, at St. Louis, Mo., and later published in L'Osservatore Romano (June 26, 1975), America's leading authority on Catechetics, Msgr. Eugene Kevane noted:
Concern for the truth of the Catholic Faith has been the hallmark of each Vicar of Christ, each Successor of Peter, throughout the historic life of the Church. None of these Successors in the highest and most important office on earth has fulfilled this supreme obligation more comprehensively and more perseveringly than...Pope Paul VI. All of us know what vigilant care Pope Paul exercised over the Documents of the Second Vatican Council, detecting and removing from the drafts any taint or sign of the characteristic doctrinal aberrations of the twentieth century. We recall that note of thanksgiving to God with which he concluded the Council in the fall of 1965, speaking as one who had come victoriously through a struggle. The Documents of Vatican II are faithful to the Catholic Faith, he said, and have not given way to relativisimi pacitat, 'the opinions of Relativism'.
Msgr. Kevane noted further:
"There is a certain kind of philosophical thinking and a certain kind of scriptural exegesis abroad today which handles the truths of the Faith in such a manner that their objectivity is in practice denied. It reads meanings or mere subjective personal interpretations into them which replaces the plain and objective meaning which the Church has taught since the Apostles. Pope Paul VI in professing the Catholic Faith will have nothing to do with this contemporary subjective redefinition of the concept of truth. The Catholic Creed contains judgments which state absolute truth. It tells us in a simple and humble way, but with divine Authority, that the things it says are the truth of God. They reach that which is. They state what is the case in objective reality.
IN BUT A FEW PAGES (divided into 30 paragraphs) Pope Paul VI gave the Catholic World an outstanding summary of the Catholic Faith to give the lie to those theologians, catechists, journalists, and others spreading confusion among the faithful as to what the Catholic Church believes and teaches:
"As once at Caesarea Phillippi the Apostle Peter spoke on behalf of the Twelve to make a true confession, beyond human opinions, of Christ, as Son of the Living God, so today his humble Successor, Pastor of the Universal Church, raises his voice to give, on behalf of all the People of God, a firm witness to the divine Truth entrusted to the Church to be announced to all nations. We have wished our profession of faith to be to a high degree complete and explicit, in order that it may respond in a fitting way to the need of light felt by so many faithful souls, and by all those in the world, to whatever spiritual family they belong, who are in search of the truth." (Pope Paul VI, June 30 1968)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church has the following commentary with regards to the various Creeds that the Magisterium of the Church has approved:
"Through the centuries many professions or symbols of faith have been articulated in response to the needs of the different eras: the Creeds of the different Apostolic and ancient Churches, e.g., the Quicumque, also called the Athanasian Creed; the professions of faith of certain Councils, such as Toledo, Lateran, Lyons, Trent; or the symbols of certain popes, e.g., the Fides Damasi, or the Credo of the People of God of Paul VI." (#192)
It may be added here that the Credo of the People of God remains the perfect antidote to the heresies and errors which continue to circulate in the Church of the Living God and which impede the evangelizing and catechetical mission of the Church (as has been noted by Pope John Paul II in his many addresses encouraging Bishops to eliminate Dissent and Disobedience in the Church).
When the "Crisis of Faith" was early seen to afflict Catholics in the Diocese
of Buffalo after the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), it was understandable
that faithful Catholics would come to the defense of Catholic doctrine by
forming a lay group that took both its name and inspiration from the "Credo
of the People of God" of Paul VI.
Dissent from the Magisterium....is not compatible with being a "good Catholic".
- Pope John Paul II -