Profession of Faith taken by Cardinal Designate Keith Patrick O'Brien

Following a number of requests please find below the full text of the Profession of Faith taken by Cardinal Designate Keith Patrick O'Brien on Tuesday 7th October 2003 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh in the presence of the Metropolitan Cathedral chapter on the occassion of the installation of the Reverend John Agnew, to the cathedral chapter.  


" 1. Recitation of Creed by Cardinal Designate O'Brien and Canon Elect Agnew.  
I, Keith Patrick O'Brien/John Agnew, with firm faith, believe and profess all and Everything contained in the Creed. I believe is One God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.  

I believe is 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; of one 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 became Incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made Man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate: He suffered death and was buried. On the third day, He rose again in accordance with 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.  

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life,  
Who proceeds from the Father and Son.  
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified;  
He has spoken through the Prophets.  

I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.  
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  
I look for the Resurrection of the dead,  
and life of the world to come. Amen.  


2. Further Profession of Faith of Cardinal Designate Keith Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, made in St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh on Tuesday 7th October 2003.  
Furthermore, I having been called to be Cardinal by pope John Paul II, state that I firmly hold and maintain all and everything taught by the Holy Catholic Church concerning faith and morals, whether solemnly defined or asserted as part of her ordinary Magisterium, especially those doctrines touching the mystery of the Church as the Body of Christ, the Sacraments, the sacrifice of the Mass and the primacy of the Roman Pontiff.  

I further state that I accept and intend to defend the law on ecclesiastical celibacy as it is proposed by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church; I accept and promise to defend the ecclesiastical teaching about the immorality of the homosexual act; I accept and promise to promulgate always and everywhere what the Church's Magisterium teaches on contraception. So help me God and these Holy Scriptures which I touch with my hand.  


3. Further Profession of Faith by new Canon, Canon John Agnew, before the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter and the Assembled congregation.  
Furthermore, I firmly hold and maintain all and everything taught by the Holy Catholic Church concerning faith and morals, whether solemnly defined or asserted as part of her ordinary Magisterium; especially those doctrines touching the Mystery of The Church as the Body of Christ, the Sacraments, the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Primacy of the Roman Pontiff. As an elected member of this Cathedral Chapter, I will respect and be bound by its statutes. I will follow its liturgical practices, and I promise to observe the confidentiality of its meetings as the Archbishop or Chapter shall determine. So help me God and these holy scriptures which I touch with my hand."  


ENDS  

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