The author presents a current interpretation of the Lutheran principle of sola Scriptura from an ecumenical standpoint. Grounding himself in the understanding of traditio as vox viva , the author argues for the Scripture’s primacy without abandoning the hermeneutical sphere in which history and sacramental succession are significant. Ministry and individual reading ought to be interconnected so as to make a correct understanding of the inspired text possible. The principle of sola Scriptura would be a radicalization of the Word’s primacy over Tradition. Luther underlines that the Pope is also subject to God’s Word, while Vatican II insists on the order of priority between Scriptura et traditio after affirming the unicity of the source of Revelation. For this reason, the Constitution Dei Verbum constitutes a meeting point between the Catholic and the Lutheran traditions.
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