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Old 1st October 2019, 03:57 PM
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II. The Relationship Between Tradition and Sacred Scripture

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80 "Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine well-spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing, and move towards the same goal."40 Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own "always, to the close of the age".41


The Word of God is not limited to Sacred Scripture (John 21:25) (2 John 1:12) (3 John 1:13). God continues to speak to us. His Word is not something that has stood still but it flows as a well-spring.

. . . two distinct modes of transmission

81 "Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit."42

"and [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound and spread it abroad by their preaching."43


The Word of God continues to be transmitted to the successors of the Apostles, that is to the Pope and also to the Bishops in communion with the Pope (as a body) so that they faithfully preserve it. We can pray for the Pope and the Bishops to do God's will, that is fine. But we cannot be "concerned" that the Magisterium will go astray because that is impossible due to the promise of Christ and it is also a Church's dogmatic teaching. We cannot also pray so that they (as a body) do and teach what we think is right, or praying so that their decisions fit our standards, this type of arrogant "prayer" cannot even reach a short ceiling.

82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence."44

We cannot accept and honor Tradition over Scripture or vice versa.

Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions

83 The Tradition here in question comes from the apostles and hands on what they received from Jesus' teaching and example and what they learned from the Holy Spirit. the first generation of Christians did not yet have a written New Testament, and the New Testament itself demonstrates the process of living Tradition.


The first generation of Christians did not have Sacred Scripture for Sacred Scripture comes from Tradition, not the other way around. The "Sola Scripture" (or Scripture alone) teaching is therefore heretical.

Tradition is to be distinguished from the various theological, disciplinary, liturgical or devotional traditions, born in the local churches over time. These are the particular forms, adapted to different places and times, in which the great Tradition is expressed. In the light of Tradition, these traditions can be retained, modified or even abandoned under the guidance of the Church's Magisterium.

Small "t" traditions can be changed or abrogated under the guidance of the Church, no matter how lengthy those traditions are or how good they look to our limited minds. We know by faith and by Church's infallible teaching that She is indefectible; therefore, the Magisterium will never go astray teaching grave errors or pronouncing grave errors with disciplinary measures.
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