Jesus taught His apostles everything (John 15:15) and told them to proclaim this Gospel. Since Jesus taught the apostles everything concerning the Gospel, then when they preached this Gospel Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).
So Jesus says salvation will come to those who believe this Gospel that the apostles taught and preached, because ONLY this Gospel, the one handed down in Tradition, contains everything that Jesus taught the apostles.
Jesus did NOT say salvation comes from believing scripture, from believing the bible, from studying scripture from studying the bible, from believing the written Gospels (which are narratives of the life of Jesus, according to the General Directory for Catechesis. )
The Church teaches the written Gospel contain only certain elements of the Gospel handed down in Tradition.
The Church teaches in the Catechism that the Gospel the apostles preached and taught is "the source of all
saving truth and moral discipline". The Church teaches and St. Paul teaches that faith comes from hearing, not from reading, not from having someone read to you.
The Church teaches in the Catechism that “all she believes” is handed down in the Gospel through Tradition, not scripture.
The four written Gospels claim to be narratives of the life of Jesus. But, Jesus says salvation comes from believing the Gospel the apostles taught and preached (Mark 16:16)
** No where does the bible claim to present a written record of this Gospel that the apostles taught and preached. ** Thus, that is why Jesus said salvation comes from believing the Gospel the apostles taught and preached, and He did not say salvation comes from believing the bible, or scripture.
That is why no one can learn the Gospel through studying scripture. Protestants have tried for over 500 years to learn the Gospel. The still cannot agree on a single teaching. They still have no idea what Jesus meant when He said, “This is My Body” . The reason they cannot learn the Gospel is because IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE.
No where does the bible claim to present a written record of the Gospel the apostles taught and preached. And this Gospel is so extensive that Jesus spent 3 years teaching the apostles, sent the Holy Spirit to teach it to them again,“He will teach you all things” and then said, and “He will bring to mind all that I taught you” Thus, we cannot reduce this Gospel only to a few words.
Now, even an atheist can learn the content of this Gospel, even though it is not written down. He just has to learn the doctrines the early Christians believed, the Christians who learned from the apostles. And the doctrines they learned from the apostles are the same doctrines the Church teaches today as the Catholic faith.
In other words, the Gospel the apostles and St. Paul taught and preached is the Catholic Faith.
That is why the Church teaches that this Gospel is handed down by example, and using words by teaching the initial proclamation of who Jesus is, then catechizing, that is, teaching the Catholic faith, based on the Creed, Sacraments , Commandments and Prayer.
Thus, we cannot learn the Gospel by studying the bible. But, if we know the Gospel then the bible helps us understand it better.
Thus, we cannot learn the Catholic faith by studying the bible. Because the Catholic faith is the set of beliefs handed down as the Gospel by the teaching and preaching and example of the apostles.
Therefore, in order to proclaim the Gospel, the initial proclamation about who Jesus is must be taught. Then the Catholic faith must be taught, based on the Catechism, which is “a sure norm for teaching the faith”.
Thus, the reason Protestants cannot learn the Gospel, is because it can only be learned by believing the teaching and preaching of the apostles handed down as the Catholic faith.
The reason Vatican II failed and things became worse, and are still horrible in the Church, was because Vatican II taught the primary duty of bishops and priests was the proclamation of the Gospel. Unfortunately, Catholic scholars had been teaching for almost a hundred years, that the usual meaning of the word Gospel was the written words and deeds of Jesus, or the four written Gospels.
Thus, they taught that proclamation of the Gospel meant to read the Gospels at mass, then give a commentary on them, in accordance with Church teaching.
The Church says that proclamation of the Gospel means to teach the whole Catholic faith, because this is the Gospel the apostles handed down. One is first to teach who Jesus is, then to catechize, by using the Catechism as a sure norm for teaching the faith, and going through and teaching the articles of the Creed, Sacraments, Commandments and prayer.
Thus, the homily is only supposed to be a short reference to the readings, then the majority of it is supposed to be teaching the Catholic faith. If we don’t teach the Catholic faith, it is impossible to proclaim the Gospel. For the Gospel the apostles handed down IS the Catholic faith. The apostles did not proclaim the Gospel just by reading scripture, then by giving an explanation of scripture. They proclaimed the Gospel by TEACHING THE CATHOLIC FAITH.
That is why the Catechism says:
1074. “The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.” **It is therefore the privileged place for catechizing the People of God.
Notice it is NOT at school, at workshops, at RCIA, or any other time, but ONLY the liturgy, is the privileded place for catechizing the People of God. Therefore the homily is primarily supposed to be Catechesis, teaching the Catholic faith, using the Catechism as a sure norm for teaching the faith.
Why is this NOT being done. Why don’t the bishops implement this policy? Because they follow Catholic scholars, theologians, etc. They follow the usual practice of ignoring the Popes when they don’t understand them and reading what the Catholic scholars teach instead.
There is not a single Catholic Scholar who understands what the Church means by “proclaim the Gospel”. Not a single one. They all think the Gospel is the usual Protestant meaning, the “written words and deeds of Jesus” (Catholic encyclopedia). Thus, they think to proclaim the Gospel is to read the written Gospels then give explanations of them.
If anyone can find a single Catholic Scholar who understands what the Church means by “the proclamation of the Gospel to all”, please let me know.
So far, I cannot find a single one. As far as I can determine, they are all totally lost on this most basic of all Church teachings.
Prove me wrong.
Please give me a least one who understands what the Church means by "the proclamation of the Gospel to all"
Even better, give me the name of a single Catholic bishop in this country who understands this. Just one.
Give me evidence by what he is teaching today.
Prove me wrong when I say that **all Catholic scholars are totally lost when it comes to the meaning of proclamation of the Gospel. **
By the way, I learned my understanding of the Gospel from “Evanelization in the modern world” by Pope Paul II, from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and esp. from the “General Directory for Catechesis”. (all products of the magisterium)