Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 27 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. III. T he I nterpretation of the H eritage of F aith The heritage of faith entrusted to the whole of the Church 84 The apostles entrusted the “Sacred deposit” of the faith (the depositum fidei ), 45 contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, to the whole of the Church. “By adhering to [this heritage] the entire holy people, united to its pastors, remains always faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. So, in maintaining, practicing, and profess- ing the faith that has been handed on, there should be a remarkable harmony between the bishops and the faithful.” 46 The Magisterium of the Church 85 “The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living, teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ.” 47 This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome. 86 “Yet this Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. It teaches only what has been handed on to it. At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication, and expounds it faithfully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed is drawn from this single deposit of faith.” 48 87 Mindful of Christ’s words to his apostles: “He who hears you, hears me,” 49 the faithful receive with docility the teachings and directives that their pastors give them in different forms. 45 DV 10 § 1; cf. 1 Tim 6:20; 2 Tim 1:12-14 (Vulg.). 46 DV 10 § 1; cf. Acts 2:42 (Gk.); Pius XII, apostolic constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, November 1, 1950: AAS 42 (1950), 756, taken along with the words of St. Cyprian, Epist. 66, 8: CSEL 3, 2, 733: “The Church is the people united to its Priests, the flock adhering to its Shepherd.” 47 DV 10 § 2. 48 DV 10 § 2. 49 Lk 10:16; cf. LG 20. 857, 871 2033 888-892 2032-2040 688 1548 2037