Sola Scriptura

Theology Thursday - Rome on Scripture and Tradition

Here, in this excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we see the official Roman Catholic position on the relationship between scripture and tradition:1

The apostolic tradition in the apostolic preaching

76 In keeping with the Lord’s command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways: (1) orally “by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received—whether from the lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit”; and (2) in writing “by those apostles and other men associated with the apostles who, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, com mitted the message of salvation to writing.”

The Apostolic tradition in apostolic succession

77 “In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their successors. They gave them ‘their own position of teaching authority.’” Indeed, “the apostolic preaching, which is expressed in a special way in the inspired books, was to be preserved in a continuous line of succession until the end of time.”

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