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Can I again emphasize that for Catholics revelation is based on the Bible, as interpreted by the Church?
No. Let’s go through that again.
I include below part of “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church”, presented by the Pontifical Biblical Commission to Pope John Paul II on April 23, 1993,which may take a bit of the excessive heat out of my original post.
_‘What characterizes Catholic exegesis is that it deliberately places itself within the living tradition of the church,
Catholic exegesis begins from the point of view of the Tradition of the Church. In other words, we read Sacred Scripture within the context of Sacred Tradition.
whose first concern is fidelity to the revelation attested by the Bible.
Because that is the way to ensure that we are faithful to the REVELATION which is confirmed in the Bible. Sacred Tradition is the basis of the New Testament. Therefore, Sacred Tradition is attested, confirmed, in Scripture.
Modern hermeneutics has made clear, as we have noted, the impossibility of interpreting a text without starting from a “pre-understanding” of one type or another._
Interpretation of the Bible does not begin with the Bible, but from the culture from which it springs.
Catholic exegetes approach the biblical text with a pre- understanding which holds closely together modern scientific culture and the religious tradition emanating from Israel and from the early Christian community. Their interpretation stands thereby in continuity with a dynamic pattern of interpretation that is found within the Bible itself and continues in the life of the church.
Thus, Catholics interpret the Bible with a knowledge of the Doctrines of the Church which also take into consideration the findings of science and the knowledge of the ancient culture within which it was written. Thus, Catholic exegesis is in continuity of the life of the Church through the centuries.
Sorry, Noel. That’s far from a teaching of the Bible alone for understanding the Word of God.