I am utterly convinced this is a crucial truth!
No Catholic should ever leave for a "Bible Church" without consulting a scripturally literate, non-clerical, Catholic. Using the scripture to challenge the authority of the Catholic Church is ALWAYS a case of "a 'little knowledge' can be dangerous."
"Passing judgement" on the Catholic Church using the Bible is as supercilious and naive as "correcting" great literature using a grammar text.
” Using the scripture to challenge the authority of the Catholic Church is ALWAYS a case of “a ‘little knowledge’ can be dangerous.”
“Passing judgement” on the Catholic Church using the Bible is as supercilious and naive as “correcting” great literature using a grammar text.”
If one grants the Magisterium the authority to add teachings based on ‘Sacred Tradition’, which does NOT mean traditions passed down verbally from the Apostles, then your statement is correct.
I guess it is up to one’s tolerance for innovation to decide if Purgatory, or Priests offering sacrifice is too great an innovation to be true. If one accepts continuous revelation (continuous clarification????), then Catholic doctrine may be true. If one believes the Apostles knew all the truth that was needed for salvation and holy living, then Catholic doctrine is not.