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Was reading on Wikipedia, and this came up and intrigued me. (Yes I know Wikipedia isn't the most reliable of places...)
"The Council of Trent on April 8, 1546, by vote (24 yea, 15 nay, 16 abstain) approved the present Roman Catholic Bible Canon including the Deuterocanonical Books."
Waaaait... what? Is this true? If the canon of scripture was set in stone as some Catholics like to claim before this point, then how come 15 cardinals/bishops voted no to the canon, and 16 abstained?! You'd think it would be a bit more unanimous than that??
The Wikipedia article is inaccurate and it misapplies its source in Metzger. The vote re: the Deuterocanon was a unanimous vote -- not a single Council Father voted against the current Canon of Scripture. They all voted unanimously simply to repeat the Canon that had been listed at the Council of Florence, which included the Deuterocanon. The official language was: "Et omnes responderunt placet" -- "And all responded yes." After that, they held a vote on whether they should include an anathema which would excommunicate all who disagreed; that was where only 24 of them voted in favor of the anathema. But the Canon itself was unanimously approved with the Deuterocanon. source
Metzger's book itself, as quoted by Wikipedia, does not say that they voted 24-15-16 to "approve ] the present Roman Catholic Bible Canon" (as Wikipedia incorrectly infers) but rather that they voted 24-15-16 to make that Canon "an absolute article of faith ] confirmed by an anathema." There's a big difference between those two things. What Wikipedia should say is that the Council Fathers voted unanimously to "approve ] the present Roman Catholic Bible Canon" and then voted 24-15-16 to anathematize all who disagree.