Catholic Theology Tradition and Scripture Term Paper

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Belief that Christ is present in the Eucharist is rooted explicitly in Scripture, while the devotion known as Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was not practiced until the early 14th century (McBrien). While the belief in Christ presence will forever remain a part of the deposit of faith as a Tradition, the tradition of Benediction may disappear without consequence (McBrien).

The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation teaches that Scripture and Tradition form one sacred deposit of revelation and that Tradition encompasses the "whole life, witness, teaching and worship of the church," thus Tradition is a living, dynamic reality that "develops in the church with the help of the Holy Spirit" (McBrien).

According to Catholic theologians, Tradition is never independent of Scripture, therefore is something is not found in Scripture, then it is not in Tradition, even
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if it is a legitimate tradition of the Church (McBrien).

Works Cited

Catechism of the Catholic Church. Preparation for Internet by Charles Borromeo Parish,

Mississippi. Retrieved June 10, 2006 at http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p1s1c2a3.htm

Divine Tradition and Sacred Scriptures. The Augustine Club at Columbia University.

1999. Retrieved June 10, 2006 at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/a/sola_scriptura.html

Guarino, Thomas G. "Tradition and doctrinal development: can Vincent of Lerins still teach the church?" Theological Studies. March 01, 2006. Retrieved June 10, 2006 from HighBeam Research Library.

McBrien, Richard P. "Tradition still in shadow of scripture." National Catholic Reporter.

January 26, 1996. Retrieved June 10, 2006 from HighBeam Research Library.

Smietana, Bob. "A turn in the right direction? Across Catholic and Protestant churches, orthodoxy movements" have sprung up to hold on to and defend what they see as the one true way of their particular tradition." U.S. Catholic. May 01, 2003. Retrieved June 10, 2006 from HighBeam Research Library.

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Works Cited

Catechism of the Catholic Church. Preparation for Internet by Charles Borromeo Parish,

Mississippi. Retrieved June 10, 2006 at http://www.vatican.va/archive/catechism/p1s1c2a3.htm

Divine Tradition and Sacred Scriptures. The Augustine Club at Columbia University.

1999. Retrieved June 10, 2006 at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/a/sola_scriptura.html

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