Spring 2001

Dei Verbum Audiens et Proclamans: On Scripture and Tradition as Source of the Word of God

Rino Fisichella

"The Word of God is a living reality that preserves its integrity only to the extent that it grows and spreads in the life of believers."

"Therefore, Christ the Lord, in whom the entire revelation of the most High God is summed up (cf. 2 Cor 1:20; 3:16-4:6), commanded the apostles to preach the Gospel, which had been promised beforehand by the prophets, and which he fulfilled in his own person and promulgated with his own lips. In preaching the Gospel they were to communicate the gifts of God to all men" (Dei Verbum [=DV], 7). I would like to take this passage from Dei Verbum as a foundation on which to build the following reflections on the deeper meaning of the Second Vatican Council's teaching concerning the transmission and communication of the Word of God.


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