“We enter the main door of the Church through the tradition of the Lord”

They, then, who engage in impious words and introduce them to others, and make no good use, but an utterly wrong use, of the divine words, such men “neither enter themselves into the kingdom of God, nor permit” those whom they have deceived to attain to the truth. Nay, they have not even got the key of the door themselves, but only a false or, as it is commonly called, a skeleton key, which does not enable them to throw open the main door, and enter, as we do, through the tradition of the Lord; but they cut a side door and break secretly through the wall of the Church; and so overstepping the bounds of truth, they initiate the soul of the impious into their mysteries. For it needs no long discourse to prove that the merely human assemblies which they have instituted were later in time that the Catholic Church . . .

Such being the case, it is evident that these later heresies and those which are still more recent are spurious innovations on the oldest and truest Church. From what has been said I think it has been made plain that unity is a characteristic of the true, the really ancient Church, into which those that are righteous according to the divine purpose are enrolled . . .

St. Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies 7.106-107 (c. 200 AD)

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2 Responses to ““We enter the main door of the Church through the tradition of the Lord””

  1. phil swain Says:

    As I read this I can’t help but think of the late Cardinal Dulles who did so much to lead others to enter the main door of the Church through the tradition of the Lord.

  2. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    Behold, Christ the Door!

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