mercredi 30 octobre 2013

Is the Catholic Faith Bible Interpretation?

I received this in a mail:

The Catholic Faith is not Bible interpretation ... it is the Catholic infallible Sources of Dogma (of the Pope in union with the Bishops of the world). The Catholic Church didn't define the Bible's New Testament Canon until 397 A.D. at the Council of Carthage.

The Catholic Church did not define Papal Infallibility until 1870. And even then She put the Holy Bible before the Pope.

In fact, dogma is rarely extrabiblical, never totally so, always connected to the Bible even if not sufficiently mentioned in it to be clear to a causal reader.

Dogma is Bible interpretation at its most solemn, at its most obliging for every Catholic.

When a Truth is in the Bible it is therefore also De Fide. When a Truth is Dogma it is De Fide Definita.

It is dogma that the Bible is true in all its parts.

Council of Contantinople I (II Ecumenical) describes the Holy Ghost as "qui loquutus est per prophetas" which is usually understood to mean all the authors of any Biblical book. Not excluding people mentioned in them.

The Church was in fact defining dogmas by Papal decree before it defined what Papal decrees are. It was also defining what Bible texts meant before it defined which texts were the Bible.

It was also canonising before it came around to define procedures for canonisation and that the Saints receive Doulia but never Latria.

Hans-Georg Lundahl
Georges Pompidou Library
Sts Zenobius, Bishop
and his sister Zenobia, Martyrs
under Diocletian

1 commentaire:

  1. Two additions:

    1) The Sources of Dogma are not Pope and Bishops but Bible and Tradition. Pope and Bishops are the ones that use the sources and make such and such an interpretation of Bible according to Tradition a dogma, make a truth already De Fide (according to the sources) to become De Fide Definita.

    2) Trent said that Apostolic Tradition does concern a few things not directly found in the Bible. It also says that Church Fathers when agreeing are a rule of Biblical interpretation in any question (and I think Vatican Council of 1870 cleared this up as meaning in any question where an agreement exists).