In 1994 a small group of concerned Catholics met in St. Louis to discuss positive actions that might be taken by the laity regarding some of the conditions in the Church. The discussions resulted in formation of Credo of the Catholic Laity.
Some of the concerns were failures of basic catechesis, declining belief in the Real Presence, New Age philosophy being mixed with Catholic belief by laity and some clergy, and the growing influence of groups like “Call to Action,” “We Are Church” and “Catholics for a Free Choice”. We had heard horror stories about seminaries where orthodox Catholics were humiliated and forced out while incontinent homosexuals were ordained, with results we have all been saddened by. All sorts of strange concepts were being put forward as being “in the spirit of Vatican II”. In reaction to all this, some Catholics (understandably) were abandoning communion with the Holy Father and joining groups professing Traditionalism but having schismatic tendencies.
It was decided that Credo’s primary mission would be to promote solid Roman Catholic Orthodoxy through three vehicles: Education, Activism, and Advocacy. A steering committee was formed and work began. We now have in excess of 100 members. We have sponsored over thirty educational presentations including such speakers as Dr. Wm. Marra, Professor James Hitchcock, Father Pablo Straub, Father John Trigilio and Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. We have sponsored five Retreats, a Day of Recollection, Special Masses and a Wanderer Forum. We publish a newsletter at least quarterly, and this website is our latest outreach effort.
Although our focus is on education, we work behind the scenes to minimize liturgical abuses and misinterpretations of Church doctrine by speaking directly with those involved, and when necessary to the appropriate Church authority.
We strongly support those good priests and bishops who are aligned with the Holy Father and the Magisterium.