Ikrar Paus / Papal Oath
Tidak ramai antara kita yang pernah mendengar tentang ikrar atau sumpah yang HARUS diucapkan oleh Paus yang terpilih oleh Gereja Roman Katolik.
Teks ucapan Papal Oath (dalam BI) berbunyi:
I vow to change nothing of the received Tradition, and nothing thereof I have found before me guarded by my God-pleasing predecessors, to encroach upon, to alter, or to permit any innovation therein;
To the contrary: with glowing affection as her truly faithful student and successor, to safeguard reverently the passed-on good, with my whole strength and utmost effort;
To cleanse all that is in contradiction to the canonical order, should such appear;
To guard the Holy Canons and Decrees of our Popes as if they were the Divine ordinances of Heaven, because I am conscious of Thee, whose place I take through the Grace of God, whose Vicarship I possess with Thy support, being subject to the severest accounting before Thy Divine Tribunal over all that I shall confess;
I swear to God Almighty and the Savior Jesus Christ that I will keep whatever has been revealed through Christ and His Successors and whatever the first councils and my predecessors have defined and declared.
I will keep without sacrifice to itself the discipline and the rite of the Church. I will put outside the Church whoever dares to go against this oath, may it be somebody else or I.
If I should undertake to act in anything of contrary sense, or should permit that it will be executed, Thou willst not be merciful to me on the dreadful Day of Divine Justice.
Accordingly, without exclusion, We subject to severest excommunication anyone – be it ourselves or be it another – who would dare to undertake anything new in contradiction to this constituted evangelic Tradition and the purity of the Orthodox Faith and the Christian Religion, or would seek to change anything by his opposing efforts, or would agree with those who undertake such a blasphemous venture.
Yang menariknya di sini ialah sejumlah 180 Paus termasuk Paus Paul VI telah mengangkat sumpah Papal Oath KECUALI Paus Yohanes Paulus I, Paus Yohanes Paulus II dan Paus Benedict XVI (paus terkini) tidak mengangkat sumpah Papal Oath!
Papal Oath merupakan tanda taat setia seseorang Paus untuk tidak mengubah atau menginovasi ajaran Gereja yang telah diperturunkan kepada mereka.
Sama-samalah kita merenungi perkara ini. Semoga Tuhan Allah memberkati kita semua dan menguatkan kita agar terus setia mencari kebenaran kerana kebenaran itu Yesus sendiri.
Papal Coronation Oath: Liber Diurnus Romanorum Pontificum, P.L. 105, S 54.