Can you provide examples (or point to resources) of particular teachings from the oral tradition of The Church that are not supported by or do not appear in Scripture which have doctrinal significance?
I’ve read much about the importance of the ‘Oral Tradition’ and have read your page on your site, but don’t see any examples of such teachings. All I see are exhortations as to the validity of those oral traditions, but no examples of what they actually are.
I am a Protestant who has a very good Catholic friend (and he and I have many productive conversations) and as I’ve said to him many times I can fully support any teaching from oral tradition that I can see justified by Scripture. But, if there are teachings of the oral tradition that are not supported by scripture or which perhaps even seem contradictory to scripture, then those I feel compelled to set aside.
I appreciate any assistance you can offer.
J. Salza: Mark, start with the canon of Scripture (the books that belong in the Bible). The Bible doesn’t tell you what the canon is, but knowing the canon is necessary for our salvation. The Catholic Church used the apostolic Tradition to determine the canon.
Other Traditions include the two natures of Christ, the two wills of Christ, the hypostatic union, the Trinity and other doctrines on God and Christology. None of these doctrines are expressly found in Scripture but are at the core of Christianity.
Mark: Hi again – could you explain one thing for me?
I don’t understand what you mean by your statement, “knowing the canon is necessary for our salvation.”?
J. Salza: Knowing what books belong in the Bible is necessary for salvation because if we didn’t know what books were inspired, we would mix up the inspired books with the heretical books. This means we would have Bible teaching both truth and error, and this would be detrimental to our salvation. So knowing the canon with certainty is essential, and the Bible doesn’t reveal it to us. The Church did. This is the principle of causality: an effect is never greater than its cause. If the canon is infallible, then the Church who determined it is also infallible.