The Catholic Church gave the Bible to the world. Only the Catholic Church could compile and authenticate as inspired ancient Christian writings, so that error and spiritual danger was avoided. The Catholic Church is the only authentic interpreter of the Sacred Scriptures and their guardian. Everyone who ever opens any Bible should thank God for the Catholic Church.
That said, because there are zillions of versions in gazillions of tongues available, one might imagine that, in this electronic age, there could be a kind of “Bible central” where one could go to find approved versions in the desired languages. Right? That sounds like a 21st century kind of thing to do with the vaunted tools of social communication.
Since the Catholic Church’s HQ is The Vatican, wouldn’t the website of The Vatican, the Holy See, be a good place to have such a “Bible central”? Given the primacy of God’s inspired word, there should be quite the page.
Check this out. HERE This is the Vatican website’s “Bible Index”.
In a nutshell, this says that if you want to find the Bible, go to the website of your own conference of bishops for an updated version.
Alas, they don’t provide links to those conferences… and you would think that they would be known… in The Vatican.
A friend of mine wrote:
They left a message saying you have to go check your own episcopal conference’s website.
Thank you, our shepherds, who needs the Latin version anyway (OK neovulgata, still). And, I am sure when the clandestine faithful in China or North Korea or such manage to get on the web for ten minutes once in a month they will find their own episcopal conference’s website very exhaustive.
Right. Also, he brings up a good point. Shouldn’t the Vatican website have, at least, the approved LATIN version of Holy Writ? Perhaps also a recognized GREEK version of the New Testament? Just the basics?
I wonder if this is, in part, a way to reduce traffic and strain on what must be a really busy site/server. Surely it can’t be because they want to deemphasize the importance of the Holy See and farm more things out to conferences of bishops.
We might want to keep an eye on that page to see if there are any updates.
The moderation queue is ON.
A reader sent a link… buried… on the Vatican website. I update this with trepidation. Want your Latin Vulgate? HERE