In the next Reconquest, we consider the Catholic concept of Tradition, both in the general sense (embracing both Holy Scripture and Oral or Apostolic Tradition), and in the more specific sense of those Apostolic Traditions that were not written down. We consider also the related Catholic concept — much abused in our day — of development of doctrine.
I talk about the meaning of Revelation, the Deposit of Faith, and the Church’s Magisterium — among the key concepts to know in order to grasp Catholic Tradition.
Scripture, the Fathers, and the Ecumenical Councils are used to illustrate the notions of Tradition and development of doctrine, and to explore something of the mechanics of the passing on of Tradition in the Church under the influence of the Holy Ghost.
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