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Part One

II.

T

he

R

elationship

B

etween

T

radition

and

S

acred

S

cripture

One common source . . .

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“Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound

closely together and communicate one with the other. For both of

them, flowing out from the same divinewell-spring, come together

in some fashion to form one thing and move towards the same

goal.”

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Each of themmakes present and fruitful in the Church the

mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own “always,

to the close of the age.”

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. . . two distinct modes of transmission

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Sacred Scripture

is the speech of God as it is put down in

writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit.”

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“And [Holy]

Tradition

transmits in its entirety the Word of

God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord

and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles

so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully

preserve, expound, and spread it abroad by their preaching.”

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As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and

interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, “does not derive her

certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone.

Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with

equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”

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Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions

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The Tradition here in question comes from the apostles and

hands on what they received from Jesus’ teaching and example and what

they learned from the Holy Spirit. The first generation of Christians did

not yet have a written New Testament, and the New Testament itself

demonstrates the process of living Tradition.

Tradition is to be distinguished from the various theological,

disciplinary, liturgical, or devotional traditions, born in the local churches

over time. These are the particular forms, adapted to different places and

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