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SCRIPTURES AND TRADITION
The Catholic Religion
is a divinely revealed religion. It is not made by man but by
God. And it would be irreverent, to say the least, to add or
remove any doctrine thereof.
Divine Revelation was
entrusted by Christ to His Church; and the Church had declared that
these Sacred Doctrines are found in Scriptures and Tradition.
Both are of equal importance and removal of one will mortally wound
the other. The loss of membership from the Catholic Church is caused
by their rejection of Tradition.
When Christ preached on earth,
there were truths that He preached to the multitude and truths which
he explained in private to His disciples. Sometimes, Christ
would teach a parable to the multitude but explained it to His
disciples only. Why this? The truths He taught to the
multitudes are the general and easier truths . . . and the multitude
would even reject these easier truths. The deeper truths were
preached to His disciples and these were never shared with the
multitude. The truths taught to the multitude are written down
in Scriptures; the truths taught privately to the Disciples were
handed down in Tradition.
Christ emphasized this when He
taught us not to throw pearls to pigs. . .meaning not to expose the
deeper doctrines to beginners. And so, Tradition, in the early
times, was not written down; it was handed down orally from one
faithful to another, to prevent the uninitiated from reading them.
It was often referred to as the Secret Mystic Tradition.
Preaching may be divided into
public and private. By public, we preach those meant for all.
By private, we teach, to a few, truths that must be retained in
silence. The latter are the more difficult truths.
To be truly a good Catholic, we
must learn both Scriptures and Tradition.
St. Basil the Great
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