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Inclusive language in Profession of Faith QUESTION from Kevin Landman May 22, 2000 Our church projects the words of Profession of Faith with slides. The projected words say For us all and for our salvation ... Is rewording allowed? When I looked at the GIRM, the text of the Profession is not listed. Where can I find the allowed forms of the Profession?
ANSWER by Mr. John Miskell on May 22, 2000 Dear Kevin,
The code of canon law states;
Can. 838 §1 The ordering and guidance of the sacred liturgy depends solely upon the authority of the Church, namely, that of the Apostolic See and, as provided by law, that of the diocesan Bishop. §2 It is the prerogative of the Apostolic See to regulate the sacred liturgy of the universal Church, to publish liturgical books and review their vernacular translations, and to be watchful that liturgical regulations are everywhere faithfully observed.
§3 It pertains to Episcopal Conferences to prepare vernacular translations of liturgical books, with appropriate adaptations as allowed by the books themselves and, with the prior review of the Holy See, to publish these translations.
Can. 846 §1 The liturgical books, approved by the competent authority, ARE TO BE FAITHFULLY FOLLOWED in the celebration of the sacraments. Accordingly, NO ONE MAY ON A PERSONAL INITIATIVE ADD OR TO OMIT ANYTHING IN THOSE BOOKS. (Caps added by me for emphasis).
The correct text can be found in a good Catholic Missal. St. Joseph's publishes a good one. Books authorized for use in the liturgy will have the permission of BOTH the national bishops' conference and the Vatican printed in the front.
NICENE CREED Profession of Faith We believe in God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and 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 was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfilment of 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 worshipped 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.
I hope this helps. John Miskell
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