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Decrees of Vat. Ecum. Council I

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  • SESSION 3 : 24 April 1870 - Dogmatic constitution on the catholic faith
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Chapter 2 On revelation

    The same holy mother church holds and teaches that God, the source and end of all things, It was, however, pleasing to his wisdom and goodness to reveal

to the human race by another, and that a supernatural, way.

    It is indeed thanks to this divine revelation, that those matters concerning God It is not because of this that one must hold revelation to be absolutely necessary; the reason is that God directed human beings to a supernatural end, Now this supernatural revelation, according to the belief of the universal church, as declared by the sacred council of Trent, is contained in

which were

    The complete books of the old and the new Testament with all their parts, as they are listed in the decree of the said council and as they are found in the old Latin Vulgate edition, are to be received as sacred and canonical. These books the church holds to be sacred and canonical Now since the decree on the interpretation of holy scripture, profitably made by the council of Trent, with the intention of constraining rash speculation, has been wrongly interpreted by some, we renew that decree and declare its meaning to be as follows: that In consequence, it is not permissible for anyone to interpret holy scripture in a sense contrary to this, or indeed against the unanimous consent of the fathers.




13 Rm 1, 20.



14 Heb 1, 1-2



15 1 Cor 2, 9.



16 Council of Trent, session 4, first decree (see above p. 663).






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