LEE: 'Sola Scriptura' has its place

April 11, 2013 

In response to "St. Peter wasn't even Catholic" (April 8, Letters): As a Protestant who realized that I am Catholic (confirmed in 2002), I have come to understand and appreciate the Protestant concept of sola Scriptura ("the Bible only").

While labeled as "reformation," one wonders when the reforming will end. A more appropriate label is "departure." Over the centuries, when the going got tough due to church corruption, disagreement, the king or preacher committed adultery, or the music became too modern, the Protestant solution was and continues to be to leave and start another church rather than stick it out and fix things.

When a Protestant turns his back on nearly 2,000 years of church teaching to interpret the Bible himself, or when he doesn't know where he will be worshipping from week to week, I concur that sola Scriptura is a safe proposition.

While the letter writer rejects the magisterium of the church in favor of sola Scriptura, he seeks to interpret the meaning of petra. We need to remember what Jesus told his disciples, "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd" (John 10:16). My prayer is for unity and peace rather than departure and division.



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