July 27, 2012 at 9:21 am #2129
I now no longer attend study groups because I always accepted that the Universal Catholic Church taught that the Bible is totally inerrant in all its parts – here in UK our British Catholic Bishops and Priests are teaching partial inerrancy – I can no longer attend to listen,study and discuss fairytales,myths,fables and endless fiction – via google see [The Gift of Scripture] and [Is the Bible True or Not] – any comments – twincJuly 30, 2012 at 12:25 am #10439
Inerrancy does not mean that some of the Truths taught in the Bible are not factual events. An example would be the Parables of Jesus. That the events in the parables did or did not happen as described is less important than the message that they convey.
If we read Chapter 1 of Genesis and then read Chapter 2 we read that the events which are depicted in the two stories of creation are told in different orders of events. Does this mean that one is the true history of events and the second is a lie? No, what we as Catholics understand is that if the events happened in the manner described, is secondary to the fact that all the universe, all spiritual and physical beings are and were created by God. That the universe was created by God out of nothing.
While there are some liberal clergy and layfolk who question or deny the Bible to be inspired by God, and question every last detail of the Scriptures, they do not follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. I suggest that you find either a Bible Study Group, or an online/mail course which is faithful to Catholic teaching. If you can find any of the old Catholic Truth Society books on the Bible, do so. Look for John Bevin Books in the UK, they carry quite a few good used Catholic books. St. Phillip’s Books is good too, but a bit more expensive. And if you are in the London area, there is a good book store in the Earl’s Court area, John Thornton Books (I’m not 100% sure of the spelling of Thornton, I remember it is on Fullham Rd. When you enter, it’s a small shop, nothing of religious interest, but when you go down into the basement, it’s a treasure-trove of Catholic, (and on the opposing wall) Anglican books.
After I return from Mass, or in the next few days at the very least, I’ll post the names of some good books on the Bible you should look for. Quickly though, Ignatius Hunt’s Introduction to the Bible, and Dom Orchard’s massive Catholic Commentary on the Sacred Scriptures, I’d stay away from the New or Revised edition.July 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm #10440
I thank you for your reply but the problem or dissent has not been resolved for me – do I accept what the Church teaches or what the British Catholic Bishops teach – wincJuly 31, 2012 at 3:56 am #10443
We must always follow what the Church teaches, and reject teachings that contradict the authentic teachings of the Church. However I find there to be a grave danger in painting the entire clergy of England as Modernist. There are good and holy priests throughout the world who have remained faithful to the Magisterium.
I would suggest that you seek out those clergy and groups who have remained faithful to the Magisterium, and not removed themselves from communion with the Holy See. There are priests of the FSSP, and who serve the Latin Mass Society in England as well as other very orthodox priests who deserve prayers and support, as well as are sources of authentically Catholic doctrine. Seeking them out, and supporting their efforts will do more to restore what has been neglected or replaced than denouncing the entire episcopacy and branding them all as opposed to Catholic teaching.
I would ask you to join me and pray for the Pope , and for the return of those on both the far left and far right who have made their private opinion the source of their faith, rather than looking to Peter.
[i:2f7pd51g][b:2f7pd51g]V. [/b:2f7pd51g][/i:2f7pd51g]Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.
[i:2f7pd51g][b:2f7pd51g]R. [/b:2f7pd51g][/i:2f7pd51g]The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him to be blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies (Roman Breviary).
Our Father. Hail Mary.
(From the Raccolta: A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, when this prayer has been devoutly said every day for a month (S.C. Ind., Nov. 26, 1876; S. P. Ap., Oct 12, 1931).
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