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*Image: The First Four Articles of the Creed (tapestry) by unknown Flemish artists/weavers, about 1475–1500 [Museum of Fine Arts Boston]

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, March 23, 2023

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. This is a truth we profess every time we recite the Creed. Given the obvious divisions among Christian Churches and denominations, and even within the Catholic Church, it’s worth pondering: In what does this oneness consist?

The simplest answer is that the Church is one by virtue of our one baptism, and the one Christ into whom we are baptized. We profess one faith, in communion with the bishops in unbroken succession to the apostles, and these with and under the successor of Peter, the bishop of Rome.

Ultimately, the unity of the Church is the unity of Christ Himself. ….

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