Who Are We?
Here are a couple of statements by the late Bishop de Catanzaro. The first is his Statement of Faith written just prior to his consecration as Bishop. What’s In A Name is presented to give you an idea of who we are and what we stand for. The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds are included as statements of our belief.
We shall add more to this section from time to time.
- Statement of Faith – by the Late Bishop Carmino de Catanzaro
- What’s in a Name? – by the Late Bishop Carmino de Catanzaro
- Apostles’ Creed
- Nicene Creed
Statement Of Faith
By the Rt. Rev. Dr. Carmino de Catanzaro
I, Carmino Joseph deCatanzaro, chosen bishop of the Anglican Catholic Church, hereby declare my faith in the Catholic and Apostolic Faith revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord and in the Holy and co-eternal Spirit of God, and anathematise all errors contrary to that faith.
In particular, I confess one true eternal God, consubstantial and undivided Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, One Essence in Three Divine Persons, without any difference of inequality.
I confess Jesus Christ as “the way, the truth, and the life,” the unique and final revelation of the Person and Purpose of God, in whom alone is the fullness of grace and truth, so that there can be no salvation apart from Him – that He is from all eternity the only-begotten Son of God, who is in all respects equal to the Father: who in time assumed human nature by the Holy Ghost from the Blessed Virgin Mary and became Perfect Man, remaining perfect in His Divinity, yet remaining One Christ: who in His human nature suffered for us and died to make “a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction” for the sins of all mankind, rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven and is glorified and reigns with the Father for ever as our Mediator and intercessor, and will come again to be the Judge of all mankind.
I confess the Holy Spirit as being one in Essence with the Father and the Son, proceeding from all eternity from the Father, sent into the world by the Son “in accordance with His most true promise”: who is the Fountain of Life, active in creation, revealing to men the things of God and entering “into holy souls made them friends of God and prophets”: the Sanctifier, Guide, and Counsellor of all who believe in Christ, active in all things pertaining to our salvation.
I believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Christ and entrusted by Him with the saving message of the Gospel, in which Christ our God is active through the Holy Spirit calling men to repentance, faith, and salvation, the mystical Body of Christ of which the baptised are members.
I believe in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Penance, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Unction of the Sick as pre-eminent means of grace and covenanted signs of the Presence and activity of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
In particular, I confess Holy Baptism as the Sacrament of forgiveness of sins and new birth in Christ and of entry into the Church; Confirmation as the “seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit” in completion of Baptism; and the Holy Eucharist as the sacrificial act whereby Christ our Lord, the Eternal High Priest, unites us to His all-sufficient Sacrifice to bestow on us “remission of sins, and all other benefits of His Passion,” as well as the sacramental act whereby He is present under the forms of bread and wine, and give Himself to us in His sacred Humanity, His Body and Blood, to be our heavenly food and to unite us to Himself and to our brethren in His mystical body
I confess that in Holy Orders Christ perpetuates the apostolic ministry which He has set in His Church as the messengers of His Gospel and the ministers of His Sacraments; that the three orders of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons by His institution are confined to the male sex; and that Bishops alone possess the fullness of apostolic authority as Pastors and Teachers of the flock of Christ and to transmit the Sacred Ministry.
I accept the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the authentic record of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, and as conveying His saving word to us and His unalterable moral demand, and thus as having final authority in Faith and Morals;
I accept the Seven Oecumenical Councils, to wit, the two Councils of Nicaea, the three Councils of Constantinople, and those of Ephesus and Chalcedon, as bearing authentic witness to the Gospel of Christ and binding all the faithful, and abhor and anathematise the errors rejected by them;
I reject as abhorrent to the Gospel the error that men can save themselves by their own works, and affirm that it is only by the grace of Christ that we are saved through faith:
I rejoice in the Communion of Saints, “the blessed company of all faithful people,” in which the Holy Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ is eminent above all others as the first-fruits of those who are saved by her Son and sanctified by His Holy Spirit, and pray that I may have part in her prayers and those of all holy men and women “who have been the choice vessels of God’s grace” in their several generations.
I confess that after this life all men will be raised to appear before the judgement seat of Christ, to receive the due reward of their faith and works, whether to reign with Him for ever, or to be rejected with Satan and his angels.
In confessing this saving faith I pledge myself to labour that it may be brought to all men everywhere to the best of my ability, that they may be brought to the saving knowledge of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. I seek for the unity of all believers in one visible communion, and pledge myself to pray and work for its realisation, and especially that this our Church will return to full communion with the ancient and apostolic sees of Christendom both East and West.
May God in His infinite mercy accept this my faith, not for any merit of mine, but only for the infinite merits of His beloved Son, and grant to me a sinner, His forgiveness, sanctification and salvation.
What’s in a Name?
By the Rt. Rev. Dr. Carmino de Catanzaro
We are delighted to reprint this statement written by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Carmino J. de Catanzaro as a statement of what the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada stands for:
“We are Anglican in background and tradition. We are Catholic – not in the sense of Roman Catholic, though, no doubt, we have much in common with them. Rather, we accept the whole Christian Faith. We don’t want to be ‘cafeteria-style’ Christians, who pick and choose the parts of the Christian religion that we like, and turn up our noses at the rest.
“We therefore accept all that Jesus Christ has taught. He is the eternal Son of God, ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life,’ who was born into this world as a human child of the Virgin Mary, lived among us as a perfect human being, died on the Cross, rose from the dead, and lives and reigns for evermore. He is the Centre of our Faith – no one else. What we believe, we believe because of Him. He is the standard of what is right or wrong, true or false – not what society or the contemporary world thinks.
“Because we believe in Jesus Christ, we believe in the Bible. We believe the Bible because it speaks of Him, His acts, His teachings. It points forward to them in the Old Testament; it relates them directly in the Gospels; it looks back on them and reflects on them in the Acts and Epistles. It looks forward to His Second Coming and final Judgement of mankind in the Book of Revelation. The Bible is infinitely precious to us because of Jesus Christ. We do not want to avoid it or explain it away!
“Because we believe in Jesus Christ, we accept the Creeds. They summarize what Christians, guided by the Holy Spirit, have always believed about Him. We recite them with pride and confidence, not with ‘tongue in cheek.’ They express the convictions by which we live and die.
“Because we believe in Jesus Christ, we accept His commandments. We know that we are responsible to Him as the judge of all mankind. We also know that we often fail to measure up to them, but that He offers us forgiveness of sins and His Holy Spirit to overcome our weaknesses and shortcomings and make us like Him.
“Because we believe in Jesus Christ, we believe in His Church. It is His Church, subject to His marching orders, sent by Him to witness to His truth to all men everywhere. It is not ours to change as we see fit, to make into a social club for ‘our kind of peple,’ or into a political organization to prop up the existing order or to bring about ‘social change.’
“Because we believe in Jesus Christ, we believe in His Sacraments. We believe that in Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Absolution, Holy Unction, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Orders He really is present and acts for our salvation, and that we must meet Him in faith and penitence.
Because we believe in Jesus Christ, we believe in the sacred Ministry. Bishops, priests, and deacons are His agents who must act on His instructions, first given to the Apostles. They must proclaim His Word, administer His Sacraments, and on His behalf minister to people. Their role is not to be glorified social workers, political agitators, or amateur psychologists. We do not accept women priests because Jesus our Lord did not choose women Apostles. For us that is enough. He, the eternal truth, knows better than any of us.
“We do not set up ourselves as being better or more perfect than other people. We know that we are imperfect and sinful, and that our only hope is in trying to obey our Lord Jesus Christ and to worship Him.
“We do not wish to be another sect of Christians. On the contrary, we rejoice that so many believe what we believe and want to be as close to them as possible. We desire to be at one with them in the one Christ, the Son of the living God, risen, ascended, and glorified.
To Him be all honour and glory for ever and ever!
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of the Father before all worlds; God, of God; Light, of Light; Very God, of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; Through whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, The Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the Life of the world to come. Amen.