Profession of faith

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  I have a question about something you address in your book, When Other Christians Become Catholic: On page 141, you quote RCIA 474, noting that simply a profession of Catholic faith is required.  In the next sentence you say, ‘No profession of faith is required . . .”

Does this apparent contradiction simply distinguish between the statement “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teach, and proclaims to be revealed by God,” and the full Trinitarian profession of faith that would be required for baptism?

Thanks for taking a moment to clarify if you can.


A:  Does this apparent contradiction distinguish the creed from the statement that follows it? No, I think it distinguishes an author who was asleep at the wheel! The usual profession of faith is required.

Thanks for catching this. I should have written in that next sentence, “No liturgical rite is required; the Catholic Church believes it shares sufficient faith with the Oriental churches…”

I’ll send an erratum to the publisher.