In the third and last installment of my three-part interview with Dominic de Souza for Smart Catholics about my book “Heresy Disguised as Tradition”, we explore how a proper understanding of Tradition can help us avoid a haywire (and erroneous) interpretation of that same Tradition.
In this interview, we covered the following key points:
1. How Tradition is a living process that continues in the present day, not a stagnant relic of the past.
2. How cutting the link between the present and the past interrupts the process of tradition and hinders its growth.
3. How Pope Francis emphasizes that tradition is not a museum but a flame that keeps cultural treasures alive.
4. How true traditionalists understand that the roots, trunk, branches, flowers, and fruits of a tree are all interconnected and vital.
5. How Tradition is necessary because it bridges the gap between the past and the future, preserving cultural treasures for future generations.
I’m also going host a Workshop where you can meet the author and ask any questions about the book or about me as a writer. It’s going to be held on February 10, at 11 am (EST). Here is the link to register. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.