A Proud Catholic

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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Catholic is one of the most beautiful words in the Christian language.  It’s a shame that our American theology has tainted it so.  The blinding hatred of everything Roman Catholic has ruined so much.  Sure, Rome has it’s issues, but just because they have issues doesn’t mean we have to reupholster the bathroom as we throw out the bathwater.  The word catholic means universal.    The holy catholic Church doesn’t refer to Rome but the entire body of Christ.  As I say to my Baptist friends, “I’m catholic, small c.”  I fail to understand why the LCMS changed catholic to Christian.  To make it easier for converts?  So people don’t think of Rome?  I don’t know.  But I wish we would get back to it.  To this day, when reciting the Nicene Creed every Sunday, I still sometimes have trouble saying And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.  For me, it often comes out And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  It’s a great and wonderful Christian word that I believe we need to re-embrace.  It’s too important not to.


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