Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions

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.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church  83

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One Response to Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions

  1. I did a course, introduction to religion, for university education studies. And one of the things we looked at was the Church Magisterium and those decisions that were infallible and those that were fallible or challengable. We also used the papal papers or decrees and the Catcheism of the Catholic Church to look at the beliefs of the Church. Its really interesting stuff. I am not religious but it really opened my eyes about how the Church works.

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