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Public Lecture: Dei Verbum in the Life of the Church

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Dei Verbum in the Life of the Church



Rev Dr Michael Seheri
St John Vianney Seminary, Pretoria

The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, popularly known as Dei Verbum, represents one of the most important results of the Second Vatican Council. It is the Catholic Church’s essential and foundational document on Divine Revelation. We shall look at what this Conciliar document has to say about the Catholic Church’s historic understanding of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition through the centuries, and what that means for how Catholics should read and meditate upon the Bible today.
Further, we shall also reflect on the role of Scripture and Tradition in the deposit of faith. In this regard, it is fundamental to comprehend that we are not a people of the book (the Bible); but we are a people of the incarnate Word (“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us”). This means that the incarnate Christ, who dwells among us, is manifested in the book (Sacred Scripture) and in the living faith of the community (Sacred Tradition).
If we were only a people of the book, then once the cover is closed, God cannot live. But if, in fact, the book is an infallible, inerrant expression of the Word, then the wholeness of the incarnate Christ continues to exist in the Church as a foundation and hope of all humanity.


Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 19:00
St Augustine's Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, Johannesburg
*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated

Fr Michael Seheri is a diocesan priest incardinated into the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, where he serves as the parish priest of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Soweto (Phiri). He holds a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (with a specialisation in Sacred Scripture) from the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross) in Rome, Italy. He is also a lecturer at St John Vianney Seminary, where he teaches Pauline Corpus and Introduction to the Pentateuch.