The Profession of Faith
times, in which the great Tradition is expressed. In the light of Tradition,
these traditions can be retained, modified or even abandoned under the
guidance of the Church’s magisterium.
The heritage of faith entrusted to the whole of the Church
The apostles entrusted the “Sacred deposit” of the faith
contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition,
to the whole of the Church. “By adhering to [this heritage] the
entire holy people, united to its pastors, remains always faithful to
the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of
bread and the prayers. So, in maintaining, practicing, and profess-
ing the faith that has been handed on, there should be a remarkable
harmony between the bishops and the faithful.”
The Magisterium of the Church
“The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word
of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has
been entrusted to the living, teaching office of the Church alone.
Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus
This means that the task of interpretation has been
entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter,
the Bishop of Rome.
“Yet this Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God,
but is its servant. It teaches only what has been handed on to it. At
the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens
to this devotedly, guards it with dedication, and expounds it
faithfully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed
is drawn from this single deposit of faith.”
Mindful of Christ’s words to his apostles: “He who hears
you, hears me,”
the faithful receive with docility the teachings
and directives that their pastors give them in different forms.
10 § 1; cf.
10 § 1; cf.
2:42 (Gk.); Pius XII, apostolic constitution,
November 1, 1950: AAS 42 (1950), 756, taken along
with the words of St. Cyprian,
66, 8: CSEL 3, 2, 733: “The Church is
the people united to its Priests, the flock adhering to its Shepherd.”
10 § 2.
10 § 2.