How to Become A Catholic
One must be baptized and profess the Catholic faith to be eligible for life eternal.
There is no forgiveness of sins and hence no possibility of salvation without a correct and proper Baptism of Water and a correct and proper Profession of Faith.
God has put these two things together like a pair of peas in the pod. Baptism of Water washes a man’s sins away, giving him a new start by becoming a new creature in God’s Sight, and entering him into the Body of Jesus Christ, which is the Roman Catholic Church.
Yet even before this, assuming he’s a grown person with the ability to think intelligently, one must learn, know, believe, profess and obey the teachings of this Roman Catholic Body of Jesus.
The Catholic Church neither teaches anything more nor less than what Jesus and His Apostles taught, nor can She ever teach anything other than what both He and they teach, the Holy Spirit preventing a legitimate Pope from ever officially proclaiming a teaching to the Church that is false or wicked.
In this way the Hope of Salvation has been maintained across the centuries and throughout the world until the return of Jesus Christ. Which, in turn, is why the Roman Catholic Church has always maintained — with unwavering certainty and infallible authority — that there is absolutely no Salvation outside the Catholic Church, with positively no exceptions ever admitted. See our section on this under Quotes.
One is not saved until he is finally saved; and although baptism is required, it will require more than baptism. However, no one is eligible for salvation until he becomes Catholic, which requires baptism and, if he was in heresy, the making of a profession of faith.
Furthermore, to be eligible for salvation, one must die in a state of sanctifying grace (i.e. have no mortal sin on their soul). See the section on this site for making a perfect act of contrition. It explains what one must do in these end days for forgiveness of his sins.
Until the day of judgment, one must work out his salvation with fear and trembling.
Important: The most sure and easy way to the Son, say the saints, is consecration to His mother, Mary, and a life of TRUE devotion to her. See our section on True Devotion to Mary.
Begin to pray at least 5 decades of the Holy Rosary every day and your recourse to her will surely be your salvation. Praying 15 decades is recommended, if you can make the time. Pray only the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of our Lord. Never pray the “Luminous” mysteries, since these were devised in 2002 by the false pope John Paul II, and never intended by the Blessed Virgin Mary or she would have added them herself. Pray the Holy Rosary as a means to secure the salvation of your immortal soul, which is in especially great jeopardy in these end days when perseverance runs thin for Catholic souls who have no Pope on Earth to guide us
In the Salve Regina, the Church teaches that Mary is our life, our sweetness and our hope. She is our Life, because she ALONE provides the grace of perseverance in the faith for necessary for eternal life. This is the type of perseverance that keeps one faithful to Jesus and his holy Church until his final breath.
Proper Baptism and Profession of Faith
BAPTISM: Forgiveness of Sins
If the person has never been baptized, then the person baptizing should pour the water three times on the person’s head (as explained below) and use a good amount of water, so that it really flows on the person’s head. THE FORM “I baptize you in the name of the Father [pouring the water the first time as you say these words], and of the Son [pouring a second time], and of the Holy Ghost [pouring a third time].”
For a person who is not sure whether they have been baptized or not, nearly all of whom were born after April 1969 when the sacramental rite was changed, the form (words) of the Sacrament is a little different.
They are: “If you are already baptized, I do not baptize you, if you are not yet baptized, I baptize you in the Name of the Father (pour water), and of the Son (pour water), and of the Holy Spirit (pour water).”
PROFESSION OF FAITH
Tridentine Profession of Catholic Faith (a.k.a The Tridentine Creed)
Profession of Catholic Faith of the Council of Trent
Promulgated solemnly by Pope Pius IV and the Council of Trent in the Bull Iniunctum Nobis
November 13, 1565
- I, (Name), with a firm faith believe and profess each and everything which is contained in the Creed which the Holy Roman Church makes use of.
- That is: I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in
- One Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God. Born of the Father before all ages. God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God. Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. By Whom all things were made.
- Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary: and was made man.
- He was also crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And
- On the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and
- Sits 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.
- And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, and Who spoke through the prophets.
- And One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
- I confess one baptism for the remission of sins and I expect the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
- I most steadfastly admit and embrace Apostolic and ecclesiastic traditions, and all other observances and constitutions of the Church.
- I also admit the Holy Scripture according to that sense which our Holy Mother the Church has held, and does hold, to whom it belongs to judge of the true sense and interpretations of the Scriptures. Neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.
- I also profess that there are truly and properly Seven Sacraments of the New Law, instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all for every one; that is:
- Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Orders, and Matrimony; and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Orders cannot be reiterated without sacrilege.
- I also receive and admit the received and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of the aforesaid sacraments.
- I embrace and receive all and every one of the things which have been defined and declared in the Holy Council of Trent concerning Original Sin and Justification.
- I profess, likewise, that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; and that in the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist there is truly, really, and substantially, the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ; and that there is made a conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, which conversion the Catholic Church calls Transubstantiation.
Note: Mass is not available in our time due to the onset of the Great Apostasy.
- I also confess that under either kind alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true sacrament.
- I constantly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful.
- Likewise, that the saints, reigning together with Christ, are to be honored and invoked, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be venerated.
- I most firmly assert that the images of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever Virgin, and also of other Saints, ought to be had and retained, and that due honor and veneration is to be given them.
- I also affirm that the power of indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.
Note: Only Catholics are Christians; heretics are not Christians.
- I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church as the mother and mistress of all churches; and
Note: The term “all churches” refers to the Catholic Church in the different countries of the world. It does not refer to all of the heretical protestant sects like the “Lutherans”, “Baptists”, or “Vatican II sect “mass-goers”, etc.
- I promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.
Note: This point about the Pope applies when the Church had a Pope in place. The false counter-church in the Vatican today is a false religion, which has taken over our formerly Catholic properties. It does not have the Office of the Papacy. That office has been vacant since 1958. Today there is no pope in the world.
- I likewise undoubtedly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined, and declared by the sacred Canons, and general Councils, and particularly by the holy Council of Trent.
- I condemn, reject, and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Church has condemned, rejected, and anathematized.
- This true Catholic faith, outside of which no one can be saved, which I now freely profess and to which I truly adhere, inviolate and with firm constancy until the last breath of life, I do so profess and swear to maintain with the help of God.
- And I shall strive, as far as possible, that this same faith shall be held, taught, and professed by all those over whom I have charge.
- I (Name), do so pledge, promise, and swear, so help me God and these Holy Gospels.
(End of Profession of Faith)
What you have found in this section is the unchanging teaching of the Catholic Church, and if you would have a chance at entering Heaven someday, then you must take this truth seriously and act accordingly. Therefore, you must become Roman Catholic, become baptized and believe and profess all that the Church teaches. Finally, you must make perfect acts of contrition and you must die in the state of grace.