Times Letters. Limbo...
- From: Therion Ware <autodelete@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 09:23:12 +0000
There's been a bit of an exchange of letters in The Times (for there
is only one!) about the Limbo thing. The last one was quite good, and
so for your edification here it is:
(fairly painless signup required).
Sir, The simple answer to William Garrett?s question (letter, Dec 6)
as to how the Roman Catholic Church can justify practices that are not
in the Bible is that this is what the first Christians had to do.
Jews who worshipped in the synagogue yet followed Jesus?s command to
"do this in memory of me" could not justify the latter practice by
recourse to the Gospels because the first of these was not written
until some time between AD60 and AD70, more than 30 years after
Jesus?s death. Even St Paul?s earliest letter dates from AD51.
Rather they depended on the living transmission of developing teaching
in the Church. This we call tradition, and it remains, along with the
Bible, one of the pillars of Catholic understanding. Catholics have
never assented to the "sola Scriptura" principle, and never will,
because it does not conform to historical reality.
FATHER DAVID SILLINCE
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