Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 47 faith and to hand it on, to celebrate it in community, to assimilate and live on it more and more. 171 The Church, “the pillar and bulwark of the truth,” faith- fully guards “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” She guards the memory of Christ’s words; it is she who from generation to generation hands on the apostles’ confession of faith. 57 As a mother who teaches her children to speak and so to understand and communicate, the Church our Mother teaches us the language of faith in order to introduce us to the understanding and the life of faith. III. O nly O ne F aith 172 Through the centuries, in so many languages, cultures, peoples, and nations, the Church has constantly confessed this one faith, received from the one Lord, transmitted by one Baptism, and grounded in the conviction that all people have only one God and Father. 58 St. Irenaeus of Lyons, a witness of this faith, declared: 173 “Indeed, the Church, though scattered throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, having received the faith fromthe apostles and their disciples . . . guards [this preaching and faith] with care, as dwelling in but a single house, and similarly believes as if having but one soul and a single heart, and preaches, teaches, and hands on this faith with a unanimous voice, as if possessing only one mouth.” 59 174 “For though languages differ throughout the world, the content of the Tradition is one and the same. The Churches estab- lished in Germany have no other faith or Tradition, nor do those of the Iberians, nor those of the Celts, nor those of the East, of Egypt, of Libya, nor those established at the center of the world. . . .” 60 The Church’s message “is true and solid, in which one and the same way of salvation appears throughout the whole world.” 61 175 “We guard with care the faith that we have received from the Church, for without ceasing, under the action of God’s Spirit, this deposit of great price, as if in an excellent vessel, is constantly being renewed and causes the very vessel that contains it to be renewed.” 62 57 1 Tim 3:15; Jude 3. 58 Cf. Eph 4:4-6. 59 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 1, 10, 1-2: PG 7/1, 549-552. 60 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 1, 10, 1-2: PG 7/1, 552-553. 61 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 5, 20, 1: PG 7/2, 1177. 62 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 3, 24, 1: PG 7/1, 966. 78, 857, 84 185 813 830 78