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    us the All Who is His Son Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behaviour but also of offending him by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty 27 There will be no further Revelation 66 The Christian economy therefore since it is the new and definitive Covenant will never pass away and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ 28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete it has not been made completely explicit it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries 67 Throughout the ages there have been so called private revelations some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church They do not belong however to the deposit of faith It is not their role to improve or complete Christ s definitive Revelation but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history Guided by the Magisterium of the Church the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church Christian faith cannot accept revelations that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfilment as is the case in certain nonChristian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such revelations IN BRIEF 68 By love God has revealed himself and given himself to man He has thus provided the definitive superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life 69 God has revealed himself to man by gradually communicating

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    Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church God has said everything in his Word 65 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son 26 Christ the Son of God made man is the Father s one perfect and unsurpassable Word In him he has said everything there will be no other word than this one St John of the Cross among others commented strikingly on Hebrews 1 1 2 In giving us his Son his only Word for he possesses no other he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word and he has no more to say because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behaviour but also of offending him by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty 27 Notes 26 Heb 1 1 2 27 St John of the Cross

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    the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ 28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete it has not been made completely explicit it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries 67 Throughout the ages there have been so called private revelations some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church They do not belong however to the deposit of faith It is not their role to improve or complete Christ s definitive Revelation but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history Guided by the Magisterium of the Church the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church Christian faith cannot accept revelations that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfilment as is the case in certain nonChristian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such revelations IN BRIEF 68 By love God has revealed himself and given himself to man He has thus provided the definitive superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life 69 God has revealed himself to man by gradually communicating his own mystery in deeds and in words 70 Beyond the witness to himself that God gives in created things he manifested himself to our first parents spoke to them and after the fall promised them salvation cf Gen 3 15 and offered them his covenant 71 God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and with all living beings cf Gen 9 16 It will remain in force as long as the world lasts 72 God chose Abraham and made a covenant

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    of transmission 81 Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit 42 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 43 82 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 honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence 44 Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions 83 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 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 III THE INTERPRETATION OF THE HERITAGE OF FAITH The heritage of faith entrusted to the whole of the Church 84 The apostles entrusted the Sacred deposit of the faith the depositum fidei 45 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 practising and professing the faith that has been handed on there should be a remarkable harmony between the bishops and the faithful 46 The Magisterium of the Church 85 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 Christ 47 This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter the Bishop of Rome 86 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 48

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    This Gospel was to be the source of all saving truth and moral discipline 32 In the apostolic preaching 76 In keeping with the Lord s command the Gospel was handed on in two ways orally by the apostles who handed on by the spoken word of their preaching by the example they gave by the institutions they established what they themselves had received whether from the lips of Christ from his way of life and his works or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit 33 in writing by those apostles and other men associated with the apostles who under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit committed the message of salvation to writing 34 continued in apostolic succession 77 In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their successors They gave them their own position of teaching authority 35 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 36 78 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 37 The 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 38 79 The Father s self communication made through his Word in the Holy Spirit remains present and active in the Church God

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    the Catholic Church In the apostolic preaching 76 In keeping with the Lord s command the Gospel was handed on in two ways orally by the apostles who handed on by the spoken word of their preaching by the example they gave by the institutions they established what they themselves had received whether from the lips of Christ from his way of life and his works or whether they had

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    Church continued in apostolic succession 77 In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their successors They gave them their own position of teaching authority 35 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 36 78 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 37 The 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 38 79 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

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    THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRADITION AND SACRED SCRIPTURE One common source 80 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 divine well spring come together in some fashion to form one thing and move towards the same goal 40 Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ who promised to remain with his own always to the close of the age 41 two distinct modes of transmission 81 Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit 42 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 43 82 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 honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence 44 Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions 83 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

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