Catholics,Tradition and Scripture


What do Catholics think is the correct view of how tradition relates to scripture?


[quote=Will Pick]What do Catholics think is the correct view of how tradition relates to scripture?

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**78 **This living transmission, accomplished in the Holy Spirit, is called Tradition, since it is distinct from Sacred Scripture, though closely connected to it. Through Tradition, “the Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes.” …

**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, …

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

**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 honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”

**95 **"It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church…

**97 **“Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God” …

**113 **2. Read the Scripture within “the living Tradition of the whole Church”. According to a saying of the Fathers, Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church’s heart rather than in documents and records, for the Church carries in her Tradition the living memorial of God’s Word, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives her the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture…

**120 **It was by the apostolic Tradition that the Church discerned which writings are to be included in the list of the sacred books. This complete list is called the canon of Scripture. It includes 46 books for the Old Testament (45 if we count Jeremiah and Lamentations as one) and 27 for the New.

Noting that anything I say, is not meant to in anyway contradict the above, my view of Tradition and Scripture, as a revert coming from a Bible alone Church is that Tradition properly interprets Scripture. It is not only the proper interpretation of God’s words that were written, but also those that were spoken and/or shown.

For example, scripture does not specifically mention infants being baptized. Yet when Anabaptists sprung up, they were soundly denounced. Why? Because Tradition tells us that infants are supposed to be baptized.

God Bless,

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