FOURTH: ON THE ANGELS AND OUR FIRST PARENTS
Q. Which are the chief creatures of God?
A. The chief creatures of God are men and angels.
Q. What are angels?
A. Angels are bodiless spirits created to adore and enjoy God in heaven.
Q. Who were the first man and woman?
A. The first man and woman were Adam and Eve.
Q. Were Adam and Eve innocent and holy when they came from the hand of God?
A. Adam and Eve were innocent and holy when they came from the hand of God.
Q. Did Adam and Eve remain faithful to God?
A. Adam and Eve did not remain faithful to God; but broke His command by eating
the forbidden fruit.
Q. What befell Adam and Eve on account of their sin?
A. Adam and Eve on account of their sin lost innocence and holiness, and were
doomed to misery and death.
Q. What evil befell us through the disobedience of our first parents?
A. Through the disobedience of our first parents we all inherit their sin and
punishment, as we should have shared in their happiness if they had remained
Q. What is the sin called which we inherit from our first parents?
A. The sin which we inherit from our first parents is called original sin.
Q. Was any one ever preserved from original sin?
A. The Blessed Virgin Mary, through the merit of her Divine Son, was preserved
free from the guilt of original sin, and this privilege is called her