Sola Scriptura

"St. Jerome Writing" (detail) by Caravaggio

The Holy Bible and Sacred Tradition Comprise the Word of God

“Deacon Mike, why do we believe that it belongs to the Church to interpret the bible? Can’t we just read the bible for ourselves? The guys I do bible study with say that we (Catholics) add things that are not there.” A young man who participates in a “non-denominational” bible study asked me this question. This question comes up from time to […]

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Is “Tradition” a Four-Letter Word?

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) –  Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalms 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. This series usually appears each Wednesday. One of the great battle cries of the Protestant Reformation was “sola scriptura!”  Many thought that the Catholic Church had cluttered up the […]