Dalit Catholic Church
Our Lady of Dalits
Dalit Catholic Church
Diocese of Tamil Nadu
Working For Betterment of Dalits
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
1. The Dalit Catholic Church declares its belief in the ancient Statement of
Faith known as the Nicene Creed. We
believe in One God, the Father, the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth and of
all that is seen and unseen; and 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 and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and,
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 fulfillment of the scriptures. He
ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He shall
come again in Glory to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom there
shall be no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and the Giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and
glorified; He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in One, Holy,
2. The DCC also accepts the other ancient statements of faith known as the Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds as equally valid and useful.
3. The DCC declares its belief in the Revelation of God and God's Son, Jesus the Christ, found in the Canonical Scriptures (i.e. the Bible). This Revelation is inerrant in matters of faith.
4. The DCC declares its belief in the Seven Sacraments of baptism, confirmation, reconciliation, eucharist, matrimony, holy orders, and anointing of the sick as signs of the Lord Jesus' continuing Presence and action in His Church and channels of Actual and Sanctifying Grace.
5. The DCC declares its belief in the actual, real, and true Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ; body, blood, soul, and Divinity; in each and every portion of the Eucharistic Elements of bread and wine; from the moment of their consecration in the Liturgy until the moment of their dissolution.
6. The DCC declares its belief in the normative decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church: the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD,
7. The DCC declares its belief in the Sacred Traditions of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
8. The DCC, in accord with Sacred Tradition, declares its belief that the bishops of the Church are each Successors to the Apostles and hold the teaching authority granted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. This authority is not vested in any single bishop regardless of office or position but is equally and jointly held by all bishops.
9. The DCC declares its belief that Matters of the Faith may be defined for the Church only in the presence of a moral consensus of all bishops and that, to be considered normative for the Church, a teaching proposed by the bishops in a matter of the Faith must also be Received by a moral consensus of the People of God (sensum fidei)
10. The DCC declares its belief that Apostolic Succession, vested in the bishops, and passed on by them in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is necessary for the licit and efficacious celebration of the Sacraments.
11. The DCC declares its belief that it is called by Jesus the Christ to a life of holiness. In serving our brothers and sisters we preach the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection with gifts that Christ has given us, and in our ministry to extend His Sacraments to all who appropriately and reverently seek them.