Why do Protestant's believe that Catholics don't read the Bible, and that they're "encouraged" not to??? I know the Bible was chained down, but doesn't it make sense that something so valued and treasured would need to be. It's not like they had the option of xeroxing hundreds of copies to pass around. In order for the Bible to be accessible to everyone, it needed to be kept in such a way that no one could steel it.
A writing from Pope Leo XIII:
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, other than the claim that the Church kept the Bible under lock and key so that no one may read it, how did they come up with that?