The Formula called the ‘Faith of Damasus’…

…judges Francis’ idea on human suffering

  • Christ operates as God; and dies as a man

For he who was God, was born a man, and he who was born a man, operates as God; and he who operates as God, dies as a man; and he who dies as a man, arises as God. (Denzinger-Hünermann 72. The Formula called the ‘Faith of Damasus’)

…judges Francis’ idea on the immortality of the soul

  • Either the reward of good merit or the penalty of eternal punishment for sins

We believe that cleansed in his death and in his blood we are to be raised up by him on the last day in this body with which we now live; and we have hope that we shall obtain from him either life eternal, the reward of good merit or the penalty of eternal punishment for sins. Read these words, keep them, subject your soul to this faith. From Christ the Lord you will receive both life and reward. (Denzinger-Hünermann 72. The formula called the ‘Faith of Damasus’)

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