Catechism of the Catholic Church

26 Part One II. T he R elationship B etween T radition and S acred S cripture One common source . . . 80 “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divinewell-spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing and move towards the same goal.” 40 Each of themmakes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ, who promised to remain with his own “always, to the close of the age.” 41 . . . two distinct modes of transmission 81 “ Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit.” 42 “And [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound, and spread it abroad by their preaching.” 43 82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, “does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.” 44 Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions 83 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 40 DV 9. 41 Mt 28:20. 42 DV 9. 43 DV 9. 44 DV 9. 113 1202, 2041 2684