How do I explain oral Tradition to an interested Protestant?


My friend’s question is, “if you accept writings outside scripture as authoritative how do you know that they aren’t heretical?”



These links should help you to understand the teachings of the Church concerning oral tradition so that you can give your friend a full answer. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

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Oral Traditions not found in the Bible

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