Lisa asked:

What are some relationships between the Catechism and the bible? I know what the bible is, it's the word of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, what is that?

Jim Blackburn replied:

" ... it's important to understand that the word of God that we recognize as Catholics, we recognize the word of God to be sacred scripture and sacred tradition. It comes to us in both of those forms. They never contradcit each other. But to have the fullness of the word of God is to have both ... In addition to that revelation of God, Jesus gave us the teaching office of the church, the magesterium. The magesterium drawing from sacred scripture and sacred tradition teaches with authority what Jesus wants us to know, what we need for salvation, what we need for on matters of faith and morals. The magesterium is the bishops and the Catholic Church in communion with the Pope. This magesterium uses various forms to teach the faith and one of those forms is the Catechism. ... it's not sacred scripture itself, it's not an infallible declaration of the church, it's simply a tool for teaching the faith, for learning the faith ...

So how would you respond to that's not biblical? When we recognize that teaching of the Church, the magesterial teaching of the church comes to us both from sacred scripture and sacred tradition, we can sometimes point out that ... not every teaching of the church is going to be as explicit in scripture as we want it to be as we'd like to see it, or as others would expect it to be outside the Church. But that's ok we can trust in the teaching of the Church. It's never in conflict with sacred scripture and that's really a point that I think you need to drive home ..."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: February 20, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Jim Blackburn

Question appeared in show: 47:28

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