Tradition | What You Need to Know
There is a great deal of concern about Catholic tradition these days because, since the 1960’s, the Church herself has been heavily impacted by a secular culture which disdains tradition. As a result, many traditions have fallen by the wayside and, clearly, the Catholic sense of identity has been weakened.
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- Definition of Tradition
- The Relationship between Tradition and Scripture
- A Deeper Appreciation (Vatican II, Dei Verbum)
Although not essential to the constitution of the Church, human Catholic traditions are important to us because of how human persons receive their identities and imbibe values.
Thus family and ethnic customs, widespread Catholic practices (some of which may be imposed by the disciplinary authority of the Church) and above all the sacred liturgy all play a role in the transmission of the essential Tradition, especially by contributing to personal formation.
The Liturgical Year section of CatholicCulture.org is full of practices and customs (in a word, traditions) for developing a richer culture to support Catholic life.