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 Post subject: Sensus Fidelium VS Oral Tradition
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:31 pm 
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Dominic wrote:
In the East, Tradition has been described as the consciousness of the Church that illuminates what is written. For those of us that are Latins, it's sensus fidelium [SF] or the sense of the faithful......which is essentially the same thing. It's a lens or spiritual instinct the Church poses to expand on [and or] preserve what already is.

This personally throws me for a loop at times when specifically talking to more Traditional Catholics because this is more often invoked by them. Some will say Limbo is SF, for example. Others may point to the church teaching the wife should submit to the husband and how SF can better define the mechanics of how that works.

The problem is, it's sometimes difficult for many Catholics to distinguish from catholic public opinion and SF.

Thankfully, we don't have to. We have the Church for that. How else would we know?


Is SF and Oral Tradition the same thing?

SF seems elusive and subject to public opinion. At the same time, it's been noted to me that SF is what pushed back against the Arian heresy for example. Where many bishops were in fact wrong on the issue.

LG notes:
The whole body of the faithful who have an anointing that comes from the holy one (cf. 1 Jn. 2:20 and 27) cannot err in matters of belief. This characteristic is shown in the supernatural appreciation of the faith (sensus fidei) of the whole people, when, "from the bishops to the last of the faithful"[8] they manifest a universal consent in matters of faith and morals. By this appreciation of the faith, aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth, the People of God, guided by the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium), and obeying it, receives not the mere word of men, but truly the word of God (cf. 1 Th. 2:13), the faith once for all delivered to the saints (cf. Jude 3). The People unfailingly adheres to this faith, penetrates it more deeply with right judgment, and applies it more fully in daily life.

Were the faithful "guided by the sacred teaching authority" in Arianism?

It seems to go one way or the other and it eludes me how this works exactly.

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 Post subject: Re: Sensus Fidelium VS Oral Tradition
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:17 pm 
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CCC 2034

Reference also CCC 100 and notice that it is only when in communion with the Pope.


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