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Traditionalism is the doctrine according, to which a primitive revelation was necessary for the human race, not only to acquire knowledge of the truths of the supernatural order, but even for the fundamental truths of the metaphysical, moral and religious order: the existence of God, the spirituality and immortality of the soul and the existence of a strictly obligatory moral law. This revelation comes down to us through tradition: whence the name of traditionalism given to the system which deve…

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Paul Poupard, “Traditionalism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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