I am an adult, committed, thinking Christian in the Roman Catholic tradition.
I am committed to Gospel living, justice, love of neighbor, and my God.
I love my Church, its history, traditions, teaching, richness, diversity, and believe it, ultimately, a force for good in the world.
I am committed to understanding, in an adult way, the issues, challenges, and problems my Church faces, and commit myself to improving the situation for her benefit.
Therefore, I believe my Church worthy of my best effort. When my brothers and sisters question why I am doing what I am doing and say they don’t understand my actions, I am happy to try and explain.
I respect ecclesial authority when that authority manifests itself in actions in harmony with Gospel values.
As an adult and aware that sin exists in the world, I am well acquainted with human failings, in myself and others, to live up to those Gospel values.
My God calls me to forgive and I do. I can recognize the distinction between justice and injustice. I can tell when injustice is rooted in institutional structures.
As a Christian, I know, because my Church teaches me so, it is my duty and obligation to resist and to try to change, with all my strength and to invoke the aid of God, those structures which result in injustice.
I cannot stand by while the weakest and most vulnerable among us are afflicted.
I seek to return my Church to its often held moral leadership in society, for the benefit of society, myself, and my neighbor.
I believe this is God’s will for me.
I am an adult Catholic.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”
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