Monday, 7 September 2015

Why Pontius Pilate is in the Apostles Creed

Why Pontius Pilate is in the Apostles Creed, 
not Judas or the Jews. 
Gird your loins for the answer.

When you follow the Passion this time of year, you hear all the names of various characters: Caiaphas, the high priest; Judas, the wicked disciple; Peter, who pulled out his sword but later denied Our Lord; and the others. One name, however, was put forever in infamy: Pontius Pilate. Of all the people and names surrounding the Passion and Crucifixion of Our Lord, why is Pilate singled out in the Apostles Creed by name?

The Infamous Pontius Pilate is mentioned by name in the Apostles Creed. Every time you say a rosary or some other prayer, you say it by name: “…Who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, suffered, died, and was buried.”

We also ignore Caiaphas and the Pharisees in general when it comes to the Creed. Worth mention, however, is that the Pharisees get adequate disdain, but not a place in the creed.

But Pilate has name billing. Of blessed memory, Fr. Hardon tells us why: over the centuries, it has been 

“apostate Christians who have used the State 
to crucify the martyrs of Christianity.”

Stop and re-read that for a moment. Pilate represents the State. Who twists the State to murder Christ? Apostate believers. It’s a memorial of Jesus’s words to James and John that if they were to follow Him, they must be prepared to drink of His cup. Today is the memorial of that cup. . . . 


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