Day #13: Dei Verbum 23-24

Today we near the end of the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.

Here we see the emphasis on the importance of Scripture in theology.  Indeed, the Council (taking its lead from Popes Leo XIII and Benedict XV) famously says that “Scripture is the soul of sacred theology.”  We cannot do theology without it being rooted in Scripture.

Here are the footnotes:

Article 23:

1. cf. Pius XII, encyclical “Divino Afflante Spiritu:” EB 551, 553, 567. Pontifical Biblical Commission, Instruction on Proper Teaching of Sacred Scripture in Seminaries and Religious Colleges, May 13, 1950: A.A.S. 42 (1950) pp. 495-505.

2. cf. Pius XII, ibid: EB 569.

Article 24:

3. cf. Leo XIII, encyclical “Providentissmus Deus:” EB 114; Benedict XV, encyclical “Spiritus Paraclitus:” EB 483.

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