Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Catholic Church Documents on the Bible

Here's a resource for Catholic Church documents on the Bible.  Click here for the site.

Some of the things you'll find:

Catholic Church Documents related to Biblical Studies
compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

Newly Released:
  • Verbum Domini ("The Word of the Lord") – the "post-synodal apostolic exhortation," resulting from the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which met in Rome on Oct. 5-26, 2008, and was devoted to "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."

Documents from Recent Ecumenical Councils:
Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd edition; October 11, 1992 - from the Vatican website):
Documents of the Pontifical Biblical Commission:
Papal Documents (most available from the Vatican Website):
Neo-Vulgate Bible:
Other Biblically-Related Writings:
  • Older Collections:
    • Megivern, James J., ed. Official Catholic Teachings: Biblical Interpretation. Wilmington, NC: Consortium Books, 1978.
    • Rome and the Study of Scripture: A collection of papal enactments on the study of Holy Scripture together with the decision of the Biblical Commission. 7th edition. St. Meinrad, IN: 1962.
    • Enchiridion Biblicum: documenta ecclesiastica Sacram Scripturam spectantia. 4th edition. Naples & Rome, 1961.
  • Most of the above documents are also on a CD-ROM, "Welcome to the Catholic Church," by Harmony Media, Inc.

It was the Catholic Church which put the Bible together, and it is the Catholic Church that is the authentic interpreter of Sacred Scripture.

And so, class, let us recall a phrase from St. Augustine (354-430), Doctor of the Church.

“I would not believe the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not compel me.”

HW: Read the Bible!



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