BASIC R.C. BELIEF
One source of Divine revelation, the other being Sacred scripture. During
the years between the beginning of the Church and the completed scripture,
people relied on the Apostles' oral teachings. Then, as cultures were
growing, they felt that the Bible was not able to meet their needs, so
tradition was developed to meet the demands of men of all ages. This
teaching authority resided in the pope and authorized theologians. Because
of this, tradition became a meaningful part of life.
Cardinal Bellarmine said that when the Universal Church observed one of
their practices that was not in Holy Scriptures, they were constrained to
say that it must be a tradition from Christ or His Apostles.
POST VATICAN II
"The sacred synod encourages the sons of the Church who engage in biblical
studies constantly to renew their efforts; with complete dedication and in
accordance with the mind of the Church. Sacred theology relies on the
written Word of God, taken together with Sacred Tradition" (DEI VERBUM,
Vatican II document).
From DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON DIVINE REVELATION, Vatican II, Sections 9,10.
"There exist a close connection and communication between sacred Tradition
and sacred Scripture. For both of them, flowing from the same divine
wellspring, in a certain way merge into a unity and tends toward the same
end. ... Sacred Tradition and sacred scripture form one sacred deposit of
the Word of God which is entrusted to the church.
From SIMPLICITY, John Michael Talbot, page 54. "Care must be taken, though,
that the Scriptures not be studied in isolation from the ongoing teaching
of the church. True, we have the Spirit of God within us to guide and
direct us. We have an objective body of teaching in the Scriptures. But
remember: it was the church that authenticated these Scriptures, and it is
the teaching office of the church which provides the commentary or the
instruction to interpret these biblical documents. A balance must be
maintained between tradition and Scripture.
In order to make God's Word meaningful, the Holy Spirit was sent to be the
Infallible Teacher of the Church; He can interpret scripture for any
culture. Before the New Testament scriptures were available, Christian
teachers used available epistles and the Old Testament. In II Thessalonians
2:15, the word tradition means teachings, and Paul states these were "by
word or epistle." The epistle was the Word of God, and Paul's oral teaching
was based on Old Testament scripture (Acts 26:22).
Roman Catholic tradition not only adds to the Word of God, it severely
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