Many non-Catholics try to disprove Church teaching by citing passages in the Bible. They’ll say that 2 Tim 3:16 indicates that we only need Scripture so tradition is bunk. Therefore the Catholic Church is wrong. They’ll cite passages that “prove” we’re saved by faith alone. Or they’ll show you a verse that says “Call no man Father”, so Catholics are going against the Bible by calling priests “father” (more on that another day).
How is a Catholic to defend his or her faith against such clear contradictions to the Bible?
Simple; just understand that it’s objectively impossible for the Bible to contradict Catholic Tradition and work from there. It’s not that the majority of bible passages support Catholicism. It’s not that the important ones support Catholicism. They all do. It is impossible to contradict a Catholic Tradition from the Bible.
Sound a bit overconfident? Let’s see why I would have the nerve to say that.
The Bible was written over the course of about sixty years. From Jesus’ death in 33 A.D. until the Gospel of John in the 90’s. During this time, well over 250 documents, letters, books, etc were written that claimed to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yet only 27 are now in the Bible.
The Holy Spirit guided the canonists as they selected which books belonged and which did not. We can all agree on this. The problem for the non-Catholic is that the canonists were Catholic bishops headed by the pope in the late fourth century.
To make matters even worse for the non-Catholic, the core test that a book had to pass to get into the Bible was for it to conform to all oral tradition of the Catholic Church.
Therefore, it is a factual impossibility for a book in the caon of the New Testament to disprove any tradition of the Catholic Church. Each book was hand picked by a team of bishops specifically because it upheld those traditions.
Any time you hear a verse that “disproves” Catholicism, do this. First, check the context, read the passages before and after. Things are often have different meanings when you understand what the author was actually saying. Next make sure no words were added by the person reciting the verse to you (like “alone” in faith alone or scripture alone, 2 Tim 3:16 never has the word “alone”, but Protestants generally ignore that little tidbit). Finally, understand that Catholic Traditions don’t need to be explicitly stated in the Bible. For example, don’t let someone tell you that the Assumption of Mary isn’t in the Bible and is therefore impossible. Four people, not counting Jesus, were assumed in the Bible (Enoch, Elisha, & 2 witnesses in Revelation), so why can’t Mary be too? There's a precident set that bodily assumption is possible, Tradition tells us Mary was assumed. What's the problem? The Bible doesn't say she wasn't?
The bottom line is that the Bible is a Catholic book that is a core part of our faith. Yes, our bishops and popes have read it. Yes, they have considered it when they formed this Church. There’s nothing in there that Catholics didn’t put there, so if you get stumped, do some homework. You won't be disappointed.