Commonly known by its Latin name, Sola Scriptura is the belief that the Bible and the Bible alone is the infallible authority, and there is nothing higher. This is the belief held by Protestantism.
Catholicism holds that the three pillars, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium (which is the teachings and authority of the Church) are the infallible authorities, and although Scripture is an irreplaceable division of this sub-trinity (“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” to quote St. Jerome), it is always interpreted in the light of the Magisterium and Sacred Tradition.
The Church (the Church’s teachings are the Magisterium) holds that one cannot interpret Scripture any way one pleases; taken out of context, a single Bible verse could cause great damage. For example, using Luke 12:49 (“I am come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled?” Douay-Rheims Bible) as…
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