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September 25, 2010

CCC 74-100

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Transmission of Divine Revelation

  1. Gods wants all to be saved and to knowand proclaim the truth. [1 Tim 2:4; Jn 14:6; 2 Cor 1:20, 3:16, 4:6]

Apostolic Tradition

  1. Christ commanded the communication of the promised and fulfilled Gospel by the Apostles. [Mt 28:19-20; Mk 16:15]
  2. They did so orally, by example, by establishing a way of life, as well as in writing.
  3. The Apostles gave their teaching authority to trusted successors to preserve the Gospel message.
  4. This transmission is called “Tradition” and is guided by the Holy Spirit.
  5. This communication by the Father, of the Son, through the Spirit, through the Church, is the “full truth” for believers. [Col 3:16]

Tradition & Scripture

  1. Both come from the same divine and eternal source. [Mt 28:20]
  2. They are two different means of transmission.
  3. The Church derives revealed truth from both with equal honor.

Apostolic Tradition vs. Ecclesial Traditions

  1. Apostolic Tradition is Jesus’ teaching received through apostolic succession. Ecclesial traditions (a.k.a. customs) are theological, disciplinary, liturgical or devotional, and can be changed or abandoned.


  1. The Deposit of Faith has been entrusted to the whole Church [I Tim 6:20; 2 Tim 1:12-14], demanding unity in practice and profession of faith. [Acts 2:42]
  2. Authentic interpretation in the name of Christ belongs to the Church (Magisterium; “living teaching office”), the bishops in communion with Peter.
  3. The Magisterium only teaches what has been handed on in the deposit of faith.
  4. The faithful openly recieve instruction from their pastors as Christ described. [Lk 10:16]
  5. Definition of dogma, truths contained in or necessarily derived from divine Revelation, is the Magisterium’s highest authority.
  6. Spiritual life and the dogmas have an “organic connection”. Dogmas illuminate the path of faith and upright hearts and minds welcome the light. [Jn 8:31-32]
  7. The coherence between dogmas are found in the whole of Revelation. A hierarchy of truths exists.
  8. Guided by the Spirit, all the faithful share in understanding and sharing revealed truth. [I Jn 2:20,27;Jn 16:13]
  9. The whole body of the faithful, bishops inclusive, is cannot err in universal consent in matters of faith and morals (sensus fidei).
  10. Through the truth and the Spirit, the People of God can more fully live faithful lives. [Jude 3]
  11. By the Holy Spirit, understanding of the faith comes through contemplation [Lk 2:19,51], theological research, personal experiences, reading of scriptures, preaching/Tradition.
  12. Tradition, Scripture and the Magisterium cannot stand alone, but instead work together toward salvation.


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* IN BRIEF sections are materially the same as the preceding paragraphs and are generally omitted from these notes.


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