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Aren't Catholics taught not to read the Bible?
THIS CHERISHED MYTH is false!. The Church highly encourages personal Scripture reading; at the same time urges the faithful to approach the Bible within the framework of Catholic tradition, and to avoid excessive individualism of interpretation.
seventy years before Vatican II Pope Leo XIII wrote: Let all...understand how deeply the sacred books should be esteemed and with what eagerness and reverence they should approach this great arsenal of heavenly arms...As St. Jerome says, "to be ignorant of the Scripture is not to know Christ"..."A man who is well grounded in the testimonies of the Scripture is the bulwark of the Church."
So catholics are extremely encouraged and even required to read their Bible
In 1943 Pope Pius XII reminded the Church--citing his predecessor Benedict XV--to read Scripture "piously"and "meditate on it constantly," for the Bible is that "by which the spiritual life is nourished unto perfection." (Divino Afflante Spiritu)
The Church didnt forbade vernacular translation and people are misinformed about why Bibles were chained up. The most treasured books were those that were chained up in the libraries so that the would not be stolen precisely because they were so valued and treasured and it took so much time to produce a copy.
Vernacular Bible translations in fact became very common by the Middle Ages, as Latin ceased to be the language of the people. Scores of Church-approved translations in many European vernacular languages appeared in the late fifteenth century alone. When the Church did oppose certain bad vernacular translations, it was out of a desire to protect the integrity of Scripture.
Not everyone who makes a copy of the Bible is infallible at doing so (meaning they have made mistakes)
Doesnt the Catholic Church control the interpretation of the Bible so tightly that you cant have a personal opinion about what you read?
This is another myth.
Scripture is deep and rich in meaning; never has the Catholic Church claimed to provide a prepackaged interpretation of every verse, binding on all believers to accept.
In fact the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia article "Biblical Exegesis" states about "Defined Texts" : The catholic commentator is bound to adhere to the interpretation of texts which the Church has defined either expressly or implicitly. The number of these texts is small, so that the commentator can easily avoid any transgression of this principle."
The council of Trent listed only seven biblical passages that were not allowed to be interpreted in a certain way: 1) Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24(the Eucharist), 2)John 3:5 (Baptism), 3) Matt 18:18, John 20:22-23 (priesthood), 4)Romans 5:12 (original sin); and 5) James 6:14 (annointing of the sick). Even in those cases, interpretations that did not contradict Catholic dogma were allowed.
Most protestant denominations subject their members to restrictions on how to interpret Scripture.
The Catholic Student of Scripture is "bound" by very little.
"To the possession by worthy lay men of licensed translations the Church was never opposed; but to place such a weapon as an English Bible in the hands of men who had no regard for authority, and who would use it without being instructed how to use it properly, was dangerous not only to the souls of those who read, but to the peace and order of the Church."
James Gairdner (Protestant Church Historian)
Last edited by matt041187 : 12-03-2013 at 04:47 PM.