Thank you. This is very helpful. I've been trying to find that traditions verse. As it says,
This itself says that you should listen to both spoken word or by letter (which in this case is the Bible). When we say Sacred Tradition, we mean what has been handed down generation to generation by spoken word. You may say this can get corrupted, but that is where faith comes in. We trust that God has protected the words handed down.
So according to you, the only thing you can resort to is the Bible. So why are you trusting this source? Now try and look at it from my point of view. For me, the Magisterium is logical. It is firmly backed by scripture. They have good standing in my eyes because they do their best to clearly answer questions with Scripture and indirect Bible teaching. The answer does not contradict Scripture. Now why is the Magisterium so wrong in your eyes, if it follows the same criteria?
We are not Mary worshippers. Worship is reserved for the one and only God. When you go to court, usually, mystery isn't easy, is it? It's not like oh, this guy is innocent, this guy is guilty. You have to actually connect the dots. Now what Jesus did was that he preserved her from all sin. Why? Because "wisdom will ... not dwell in a body enslaved to sin" (Wisdom 1:4) Angel Gabriel actually calls Mary, kecharitomene (Lk 1:28) which means, "having been filled with grace." This tells us that Mary was given an abundance of grace prior to the announcement of the angel.
I have an analogy that might help your understanding. Imagine that you are walking down a street. Suddenly, you see a man fall down an open man-hole, full of sewage. He grabs onto the sides, and you go over and help pull him out. As you look up, you see a woman walking towards the same opening, about to fall in. You yell a warning for her and she stops. Thus, you save her from falling in. Which of the two did you save? Both of them. One, you saved from pulling him out of danger; the other you saved from danger entirely. Similarly, Jesus saves both us and his mother. While He needed to pull us out of the pit of original sin, he actually kept His mother from entering the pit at all. Jesus saves her as he saves us, just in a different manner.
Now if you really insist that the Bible does not explicitly say, "Mary did not sin," then do me a favor and find where the word Trinity is in the Bible. You're not going to find it. But we all believe in the Trinity and the theological concept is clearly there. Does the Bible also say which books should be included in the Bible? It doesn't. You people believe what your authorities say on the matter, and I believe what my church says on the matter. Not everything we need to know is explicit in Scripture, and the Bible does not teach that everything that should be believed is written down explicitly.
And also, about your dad, tell him, that I am praying that he will come back to the Catholic Church. I don't care how you say it just do say it. After all, if it is against God's will that he will come back, then it won't happen, but at least do me a favor and tell him that one sentence.
With all due respect for your dad, you have no biblical evidence to back up your dad. So this just proves my point again. Why should we trust your dad, (this is all for arguments sake, nothing against your dad personally) when Hanna says everything should be back up by Scripture? She says that my Church has supposedly no authority to tell us what's right and what's wrong, so why should we trust your dad? Same goes for your website Hanna.
And please, this goes for everyone, if you agree with someone's argument, please, don't waste an entire post just to say it. If it doesn't help progress the argument (e. g. saying you agree or restating someone else's arguments again) please, just express your appreciation in likes.