Friday, August 31, 2007

Catholic Authority: Superior to Scripture



"It is the Church, the holder of Tradition, that gives life to the dead letter of Scripture. Experience shows that it is only in the life of the Church, the Bride of Christ, that Scripture, divinely inspired as it is, becomes 'living and effectual, and more piercing than any two-edged sword' (Heb 4:12)"

"In regard to these truth [faith and morals] the authority of Tradition and of the Bible is equal...Nevertheless, as we shall see later, the Church is superior to the Bible in the sense that she is the Living Voice of Christ, and therefore the sole infallible interpreter of the inspired Word, whenever an authoritative interpretation is required."

-A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture, 1951 (pg 2)
with imprimatur and acknowledgment of Pope Pius XII

1 comment:

James-the-less said...

. . . the Church is superior to the Bible in the sense that she is the Living Voice of Christ . . .

Hmmm . . . then I guess it follows that the OT prophets were superior to the message they were inspired by God to preach? Interesting, to say the least.

In any case, great blog Carrie. Very unique and helpful. I'm glad James Swan recommended it.