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32 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

• Divine Revelation is transmitted through Apostolic Tradition and

Sacred Scripture, which flow from the same divine wellspring and

work together in unity toward the same goal.

• “The Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and

transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she

believes” (DV, no. 8, §1). This is what is meant by the term



• Because of the divine gift of faith, God’s People as a whole never

ceases to receive and reflect on the gift of Divine Revelation.

• The teaching office of the Church, the Magisterium—that is, the

pope and the bishops in communion with him—has the task of

authoritatively interpreting the Word of God, contained in Sacred

Scripture and transmitted by Sacred Tradition.

• Sacred Scripture is inspired by God and truly contains the Word of

God. This action of God is referred to as



• God is the author of Sacred Scripture, inspiring the human authors,

acting in and through them. Thus God ensured that the authors

taught divine and saving truth without error.

• The Catholic Church accepts and venerates as inspired the forty-six

books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New

Testament. The unity of the Old and New Testaments flows from the

revealed unity of God’s loving plan to save us.

• Our response to God’s Revelation is faith, by which we surrender

our whole selves to him.


Go Gladly to the Sacred Text Itself: From the

Second Vatican Council on the Bible

[We] forcefully and specifically exhort all the Christian faith-

ful . . . to learn the “surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ” (Phil

3:8) by frequent reading of the divine scriptures. “Ignorance of

the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (St. Jerome). Therefore, let

them go gladly to the sacred text itself, whether in the sacred lit-

urgy, which is full of the divine words, or in devout reading, or in

such suitable exercises and various other helps which, with the