You say that you are subject to the Church and faithful to tradition by the sole fact that you obey certain norms of the past that were decreed by the predecessor of him to whom God has today conferred the powers given to Peter. That is to say, on this point also, the concept of “tradition” that you invoke is distorted.

Tradition is not a rigid and dead notion, a fact of a certain static sort which at a given moment of history blocks the life of this active organism which is the Church, that is, the mystical body of Christ. It is up to the pope and to councils to exercise judgment in order to discern in the traditions of the Church that which cannot be renounced without infidelity to the Lord and to the Holy Spirit—the deposit of faith—and that which, on the contrary, can and must be adapted to facilitate the prayer and the mission of the Church throughout a variety of times and places, in order better to translate the divine message into the language of today and better to communicate it, without an unwarranted surrender of principles.

Hence tradition is inseparable from the living magisterium of the Church, just as it is inseparable from sacred scripture. “Sacred tradition, sacred scripture and the magisterium of the church … are so linked and joined together that one of these realities cannot exist without the others, and that all of them together, each in its own way, effectively contribute under the action of the Holy Spirit to the salvation of souls”

(scroll down for answer)
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.

Pope St. Paul VI

Letter to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

October 11th, 1976

52 Shares

6 Responses

  1. Avatar jong says:

    This a very clear teachings coming from a Pope who now became a Saint, therefore his wisdom & inspirations was truly guided by the Holy Spirit.
    St.Pope Paul VI teaches a Living Tradition that embraces the challenges of times while the Dissenters insist on a dead Tradition that is confined in the wisdom inspired to addressed the Church previous challenges.The Truth does not change but the Truth is a person as Pope Francis teaches, and the Truth is written clearly in the heart of every believers who wears the cloak of “compassion & mercy” as it seeks the healing of the lost & wounded souls.
    How can the Rad Trads channel still project themselves more Catholic than the Pope where all their criticism & speculations and most especially conspiracy theories about Vatican II were proven false, time & time again.
    Pope Emeritus BXVI in his recent letter explain the Church Crisis involving priesthood formation and yet the Rad Trads had chosen to embraced the conspiracy book of Dr.Marshall which Dr.Jeff Mirus simply called as “the idiot guide to Church Crisis” for lack of scholastic merits & citations.
    Pope Emeritus BXVI truthful testimonies over Dr.Marshall unsubstantiated conspiracy book, and yet the sadden realities is, most Trads prefer to believe the human wisdom of Dr.Marshall. “Wisdom of a man is foolishness to God.”
    Pope Emeritus BXVI inspired wisdom is like the saintly wisdom
    St.Pope Paul VI, it is guided by the light of the Holy Spirit and shielded by the Spirit of Truth from error.
    Can we say the same to the criticizing wisdom of all Dissenters?
    St.Paul the Apostle letters to Corinthians(1Corinthian1:10) & Romans(Romans13:1-2) are very good reminder to all of us in light of St.Pope Pau VI letter to Ab.Lefevbre insisting on his distorted interpretation of Tradition. The prelates,clergy and faithful must be united in “one mind and heart” with the Church united to the Vicar of Christ. Embracing opposing views much more expressing contradictory views on the Wisdom of the Church thru its approved Magisterial Teachings will lead our souls to eternal damnation. Do not be deceive. Stay in the ark. My Jesus mercy.

    • Avatar carn says:

      “Pope Emeritus BXVI in his recent letter explain the Church Crisis involving priesthood formation” in that tradition was considered anti-VII by some Bihsops and other authority figures and was to be replaced with something new, and
      in that there was a fundamental breakdown in moral theology:

      https://www.vaticannews.va/de/papst/news/2019-04/papst-benedikt-xvi-wortlaut-aufsatz-missbrauch-theologie.html

      “Unabhängig von dieser Entwicklung hat sich in derselben Zeit ein Zusammenbruch der katholischen Moraltheologie ereignet, der die Kirche wehrlos gegenüber den Vorgängen in der Gesellschaft machte.” = breakdown of moral theology

      “In der Tat wurde konziliare Gesinnung in vielen Teilen der Kirche als eine der bisherigen Tradition gegenüber kritische oder negative Haltung verstanden, die nun durch ein neues, radikal offenes Verhältnis zur Welt ersetzt werden sollte.” = VII calls for radical openness to the world, is in opposition to tradtion and should replace tradition.

      Considering that the letter by name mentions mostly Germans, the breakdown happened according to the letter at least extensively in Germany.

      And where were the hardest discussions in the synod of family and a so called compromise reached? Yes, in the German discussion group.

      I am really surprised who one can be so blind not to see that there is effective a hard effort emanating from Germany to make good use of the pontificate of Pope Francis to get all the changes through which the former two Popes fought and which would make the breakdown of moral theology of Germany official Church teaching.

      They have not yet suceeded, but have reason to be optimistic.

      • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

        Okay. Can we get back to discussing the original post?

      • Avatar jong says:

        carn
        The New Evangelization inspired by the Holy Spirit to Vatican II Council was centered on Divine Mercy. The Tradition of pre-Vatican II doctrines & teachings does not magnify the Mercy of God because is not yet the Time of Mercy. St.JP2 established the devotion and Pope BXVI continued and now Pope Francis is imploring all the Prelates & Clergy to wear the cloak of compassion and mercy.
        This is the dividing line that separates Cardinal Burke et, al and all the Rad Trads channel as they called it “false mercy”.
        The Tradition of the Church that St.Paul teaches in his letter to Corinthian is very clear, the Church must united in one heart and mind as the Holy Spirit inspires unity among the believers and not division as Pope Francis kept reminding all the faithful to seek conversion. The Holy Spirit will always inspires the Church to embraced unity but the forces of darkness mission is to divide the Church.
        We really don’t need to be discussing the position & endless criticism of all the Rad Trads as they obviously continue to embraced the spirit of criticism and divisions. No amount of explanation can satisfy a heart that does not want to lead by the Spirit of Unity they will forever expressed contradiction and opposition. One major proof is Pope Benedict XVI direct testimony revealing his reason why he resign but the Rad Trads will not accept it because they prefer to oppose & contradict. Truly their heart infected and blinded to accept the light of Truth.

  2. Avatar Marie says:

    Seems so clear, and yet it wasn’t for him. Sad really. Now another wave. Very, very sad.

  3. Avatar Lazarus says:

    God bless His Holiness, Pope Francis!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *