The Decrees of the Vatican Council/Part 1/Chapter 1

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I

Of God the Creator of all things

THE Holy Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church believes and confesses that there is one, true and living God, Creator and Lord of heaven and earth, almighty, eternal, immense, incomprehensible, infinite in intelligence, in will and in all perfection, who, as being one, sole, absolutely simple and immutable spiritual substance, is to be declared as really and essentially distinct from the world, of supreme beatitude in and from Himself, and ineffably exalted above all things beside Himself which exist or are conceivable.

This one, only, true God, of His own goodness and almighty power, not for the increase of His own happiness, nor to acquire but to manifest His perfection by the blessings which He bestows on creatures, with absolute freedom of counsel, created out of nothing, from the beginning of time, both the spiritual and corporeal creature, to wit, the angelic and the mundane; and afterwards the human creature, as partaking, in a sense, of both, consisting of spirit and of body.[1] God protects and governs by His providence all things which He hath made, "reaching from end to end mightily, and ordering all things sweetly."[2] For "all things are bare and open to His eyes,"[3] even those which are yet to be by the free action of creatures.

  1. Fourth Lateran Council, cap. 1, de Fide Catholica.
  2. Wisdom viii, 1.
  3. Heb. iv, 13.