Extremely Important EXPLANATION For Us Today From Catholic Encyclopedia On How The Catholic Church Is Based On Bible and Tradition.
“This follows necessarily from any adequate view of the Church as a Divinely constituted body, to whose keeping is entrusted the deposit of faith, but the grounds for this doctrine may be briefly stated as follows:
(1) New Testament
Christ gave His disciples no command to write, but only to teach: “going therefore, teach ye all nations, . . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt., xxviii, 19-20). “As the Father hath sent me, I also send you” (John, xx, 21). And in accordance with this, the Church is everywhere presented to us as a living and undying society composed of the teachers and the taught. Christ is in the Church, and is its Head; and He promised that the Holy Spirit should be with it and abide in it. “He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you” (John, xiv, 26). Hence St. Paul calls the Church “the pillar and ground of the truth” (I Tim., iii, 15; cf. Mark, xvi, 16; Rom., x, 17; Acts, xv, 28).
The same doctrine appears in the writings of the Fathers of every age; thus St. Ignatius (ad Trall., vii), “Keep yourselves from heretics. You will be able to do this if you are not puffed up with pride, and (so) separated from (our) God, Jesus Christ, and from the bishop, and from the precepts of the Apostles. He who is within the altar is clean, he who is without is not clean; that is, he who acts any way without the bishop, the priestly body, and the deacons, is not clean in conscience”. And St. Irenaeus (“Adv. Haer.”, III, ii) says, of heretics, that “not one of them but feels no shame in preaching himself, and thus depraving the rule of faith” (ton tes aletheias kanona); and again (III, iv), “it is not right to seek from others that truth which it is easy to get from the Church, since the Apostles poured into it in fullest measure, as into a rich treasury, all that belongs to the truth, so that whosoever desires may drink thence the draught of life”. A little further on, he speaks (V, xx) of the “true and sound preaching of the Church, which offers to the whole world one and the same way of salvation“. Such testimonies are countless; here we can only refer to the full and explicit teaching which is to be found in Tertullian’s treatises against Marcion, and in his “De praescriptionibus Haereticoum”, and in St. Vincent of Lérins’ famous “Commonitorium”. Indeed St. Augustine’s well-known words may serve as an epitome of patristic teaching on the authority of the Church. “I would not believe the Gospels unless the authority of the Catholic Church moved me thereto” (Contra Ep. Fund., V). It should be noted that the Fathers, especially Tertullian and St. Irenaeus, use the term tradition not merely passively, viz., of orally bestowed Divine teaching, but in the active sense of ecclesiastical interpretation. And this is undoubtedly St. Paul’s meaning when he tells Timothy to uphold “the form of sound words which thou hast heard from me” (II Tim., i, 13). It is in this sense that the various formulae of faith, of which we have the earliest sample in I Cor., xv, 3-4, became the rule of faith.”
Our problem today is that the pope himself, and some of the church hierarchy, are throwing away Catholic tradition and Biblical teachings to accommodate the immoral worldly concepts, like giving Holy Communion to divorced and remarried couples.
May we learn our Catholic Faith and study the Holy Bible. This is our faith founded on Jesus and the deposit of faith handed on by the Apostles, called tradition.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.