We are committed to Catholic Tradition
The Eucharistic Catholic Church holds to and embraces Catholic Tradition while holding what are considered to be “progressive views” on certain issues.
Catholics, in distinction to Protestants who maintain that the Bible alone is the source of all doctrine, hold that, “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God . . .” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 97).
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is explain thus:
- “The apostles left bishops as their successors. They gave them their own position of teaching authority.” (Par. 77)
- “This living transmission, accomplished through the Holy Spirit, is called tradition…” (Par. 78)
- “Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.” (Par. 82)
Within the Catholic scope of Tradition, many doctrines have been “revealed” to the Church over the centuries. For example, there is the veneration of Mary, her immaculate conception and her bodily assumption into heaven. There is also, for example, transubstantiation during the Mass, praying to saints, the power of the priest to forgive sins in Confession, and Purgatory.
Combined with adherence to doctrine revealed through Tradition, a progressive approach is essential to the serious believer. Jesus preached metanoia – a personal turning around to align oneself with God and the Divine Will. The authentically Catholic progressive finds empowerment through God’s grace. But the sensible progressive also knows that memory, gratitude, and prudence are essential for the good of the whole, be it for an individual, the community, or for the larger society.
Progressive Catholicism is truly Catholic when it seeks God’s will to change what must be changed while preserving the truths of faith and practice maintained in Tradition. This impulse – this necessity – hasn’t disappeared. Progressive Catholicism is alive and well, because the Church is alive and well.