The Profession of Faith
lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they
had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit”;
“by those apostles and other men associated with the
apostles who, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, com-
mitted the message of salvation to writing.”
. . . continued in apostolic succession
“In order that the full and living Gospel might always be
preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their succes-
sors. They gave them ‘their own position of teaching authority.’”
Indeed, “the apostolic preaching, which is expressed in a special
way in the inspired books, was to be preserved in a continuous line
of succession until the end of time.”
This living transmission, accomplished in the Holy Spirit,
is called Tradition, since it is distinct from Sacred Scripture, though
closely connected to it. Through Tradition, “the Church, in her
doctrine, life, and worship perpetuates and transmits to every
generation all that she herself is, all that she believes.”
sayings of the holy Fathers are a witness to the life-giving presence
of this Tradition, showing how its riches are poured out in the
practice and life of the Church, in her belief and her prayer.”
The Father’s self-communication made through his Word
in the Holy Spirit, remains present and active in the Church: “God,
who spoke in the past, continues to converse with the Spouse of
his beloved Son. And the Holy Spirit, through whom the living
voice of the Gospel rings out in the Church—and through her in
the world—leads believers to the full truth, and makes the Word
of Christ dwell in them in all its richness.”
7 § 2; St. Irenaeus,
3, 3, 1: PG 7, 848; Harvey, 2, 9.
8 § 1.
8 § 1.
8 § 3.
8 § 3; cf.