Teachers, and an oath of fidelity

Fr Christopher Phillips posted the following on his facebook page

On September 8th, during the Mass of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the presence of God and of the assembled students, the teachers at The Atonement Academy will make this Oath of Fidelity:

“I promise that I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church whether in the words I speak or in the way I act.

“With great care and fidelity I shall carry out the responsibilities by which I am bound in relation both to the universal Church and to the particularChurch in which I am called to exercise my service according to the requirements of the law.

“In carrying out my charge, which is committed to me in the name of the Church, I shall preserve the deposit of faith in its entirety, hand it on faithfully and make it shine forth. As a result, whatsoever teachings are contrary I shall shun.

“I shall follow and foster the common discipline of the whole Church and shall look after the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those which are contained in the Code of Canon Law.

“With Christian obedience I shall associate myself with what is expressed by the holy shepherds as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith or established by them as the Church’s rulers. And I shall faithfully assist diocesan bishops so that apostolic activity, to be exercised by the mandate and in the name of the Church, is carried out in the communion of the same Church.

“May God help me in this way and the holy Gospels of God which I touch with my hand.”

What would happen to Catholic education around the world if such an oath was placed in all our schools.  Even more, what would our church be like if we took such an oath in our own life.

Read and digest the Oath of Fidelity, it is what we should all be about.

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