The CATHOLIC THING

A group of faithful and intelligent Catholics have launched a new website, The Catholic Thing. Some of these Catholic writers are known to me as mentors, friends and colleagues. I’m confident that all are worth your time–a most precious commodity (!)

Here you will find erudite commentary, informative news articles and inspiring faith.

ENJOY!

Also, here is a link to the newest issue of Canticle Magazine with many articles of interest.

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3 Responses

  1. What is the Catholic tradition?

  2. Jonathan,
    mercy! That is a big question. It deserves a comprehensive reply but for the moment perhaps a short version will serve.

    Catholic Tradition is two things –capital T is The Tradition, meaning all that the apostles taught to believers in addition to what is given in the New Testament gospels and epistles.

    Tradition, lower case “t” are those pieties and customs that are not dogmatic (not required to believe or practice) but that are a strong and universal (as well as long standing) custom.

    Here are some links that might be of interest:

    http://www.catholic.com/library/Apostolic_Tradition.asp

    http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=11655

    The above explore what is meant by Capital”T” , Tradition.

    As for a generalized meaning, the Catholic tradition is to view the world from the point of view of faith, including an understanding of history, for God is the God of history. This is to look at the meaning of things in the whole. It is , for instance, to reject a compartmentalization of reality into secular or scientific or political realms where the truths of faith are permitted no application. The teachings of our faith is the framework for the proper consideration of all other disciplines.

  3. Hi Jonathan,

    I am not sure if you mean what is the Catholic Thing–your comment is attached to that post…if so a quick click will take you to that website that is a collection of commentaries on topics of interest to Catholics.

    But perhaps you meant just what you typed, What is the Catholic tradition?

    Mercy! That is a big question. It deserves a comprehensive reply but for the moment perhaps a short version will serve.

    Catholic Tradition is two things :

    Capital T is The Tradition, meaning all that the apostles taught to believers, and the Church continues to teach, in addition to what is given in the New Testament gospels and epistles.

    A quick grasp of the authority of the Church to teach what is not explicitly found in scripture is had when we reflect on how we assembled the New Testament. This canon is not given within the pages of the bible itself. Who, then, determined which books were authentic?

    At the time that the canon was settled there were many other gospels and letters–such as the Gospel of Thomas–that some considered worthy of inclusion, but that the Church rejected as not God’s word. Catholics (really all Christians) believe that it is the agency of the Holy Spirit that guides and protects the Church from teaching error. This is what we mean when we speak of the authority of the Magisterium.

    Tradition, lower case “t” are those pieties and customs that are not dogmatic (not required to believe or practice) but that are a strong and universal (as well as long standing) custom. A good example of this is praying the rosary. It is not required to ever say a rosary in order to be in accord with the Church’s teachings. And yet, it is such a strong tradition that few Catholics can imagine not saying a rosary at least on a few occasions

    Here are some links that might be of interest:

    http://www.catholic.com/library/Apostolic_Tradition.asp

    http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=11655

    The above explore what is meant by Capital”T” Tradition.

    As for a generalized meaning, the Catholic tradition is to view the world from the point of view of faith, including an understanding of history, for God is the God of history. This is to look at the meaning of things in the whole. It is to reject a compartmentalization of reality into secular or scientific or political realms where the truths of faith are permitted no application. The teaching of our faith is the framework for the proper consideration of all other disciplines.

    One illustration of this principle is to apply the truth of faith to modern scientific inquiry concerning stem cell research. If we start with science as the reference point, then any scientific method of exploration of stem cells is permitted.

    But if we first view such research from the point of view of faith–that insists on human dignity, for man is made in the image of God– then we use only those methods of research that do not violate the human embryo.

    Catholic teaching includes resurrection of the body, for Man is both body and soul. The body, thus, has an eternal destiny. Can we then treat it as if it were “mere” material for scientific investigation? Violation of the body is violation of the Image of God.

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