Truths of the Catholic
Christ commanded the
Apostles to preach the Gospel.
keeping with the Lord's command, the Gospel was handed
on in two ways
… in writing
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the
message of salvation was committed to writing by the
Apostles, and other men.
(Sacred Tradition) by the
spoken word of their preaching, by the example they
gave, by the institutions they established, the Apostles
handed on what they themselves had received
teaching and example and what they learned from the Holy
We must acknowledge that the
books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error
teach that truth which God, for the sake of our
salvation, wished to see confided to the Sacred
But, it is important to
remember that, the
first generation of Christians did not yet have a
written New Testament. And the New Testament itself
demonstrates the process of living Tradition.
In this living transmission
of the Gospel called Tradition, the Church, in her
doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to
every generation all that she herself is and all that
The task of interpreting
the Word of God (Scripture and Tradition) has
been entrusted to the Bishops. It is the Magisterium's
task to defend God's people from deviations and
falseness of the Word. And also, to guarantee God’s
people the verifiable possibility of professing the true
faith, without error. Yet the Magisterium is not
superior to the Word of God, but is its servant.
first 20 Ecumenical Councils, a gathering of all
of the Catholic Bishops of the world - in communion with
the Pope, were for the purpose of discussing,
interpreting, confirming and regulating Catholic
doctrine and discipline.
Ecumenical Council: Vatican II, convened by
Bl. John XXIII, was with a unique purpose: not to
evaluate Church doctrine, but to focus on ‘the manner
in which the sacred doctrine is spread’ and ‘that
the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be
taught more effectively.