Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Do Catholics read the Bible???

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?


Aunt Laura said...

Thank you for sharing.

Batjacboy said...

It's a deliberately dishonest attack stemming from the Protestant Revolt.

Given that at every Catholic Mass (Novus Ordo) there are FOUR full readings from the Bible (Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament Epistles, and Gospel), there's much, MUCH more of the Bible actually read aloud at a Catholic Mass than there is at a "Bible Christian" service. And practically all of the prayers stem from Biblical verses as well. But in order to justify interpreting the Bible however they wished, the Protestants had to insist that they, and only they, read the Bible at all.

Now there are over 33,000 different "Bible Christian" denominations in the world, all claiming they read the Bible and teach what it says.

But if they differ from the interpretations of those who lived in the ancient times (of the Early Church), spoke the ancient languages of the time, and were reading from the original manuscripts, then their interpretations are inaccurate. And what good is that?

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