I’m not sure if this is the right area of the forum to ask this question, but I’m new and thought this was the best choice. Feel free to direct me someplace else if you see it fit.
I was reading through a website about Catholic matters and one of the articles uses the term ‘latent Tradition’ a few times. A sample of the usage: “The true tradition of the Church is, at times, not what is expressed publicly but Latent Tradition, the tradition that lies deep in the hearts of the faithful.” (Emphasis mine)
I know what Tradition is and I know the definition of latent (my working definition: existing, yet not developed or manifested), but I’ve never heard about this latent Tradition before. The site goes on to say that certain beliefs, practices, etc. are affirmed in this latent Tradition.
My questions are these:
(1) Is latent Tradition really a thing the Church talks about, uses, accepts, etc.?
(2) If yes to (1), can beliefs, practice, etc. really be affirmed in the latent Tradition or must we hold off on affirming until we get to well established Tradition?
Thanks for any and all help,