[quote="Sir_Knight, post:1, topic:211371"]
This can't be correct ... ... Can anyone offer some supporting references to rebuke this? Thanks in advance.
It seems like you got hold of some anti-Catholic material, because whoever told you that left out historical context, etc.
The Council of Toulouse did indeed deal with the Bible. It was organized in reaction to the Albigensian or Catharist heresy, which held that there are two gods and that marriage is evil because all matter (and thus physical flesh) is evil. From this the heretics concluded that fornication could be no sin, and they even encouraged suicide among their members. In order to promulgate their sect, the Albigensians published an inaccurate translation of the Bible in the vernacular language (rather like the Jehovah’s Witnesses of today publishing their severely flawed New World Translation of the Bible, which has been deliberately mistranslated to support the sect’s claims). Had it been an accurate translation, the Church would not have been concerned. Vernacular versions had been appearing for centuries. But what came from the hands of the Albigensians was an adulterated Bible. The bishops at Toulouse forbade the reading of it because it was inaccurate. In this they were caring for their flocks, just as a Protestant minister of today might tell his flock not to read the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ New World Translation.
The Church didn't execute anyone for reading the Bible, etc. The secular authorities may have, however. Keep in mind that during this period that the Church and the state were very closely allied, and that such things as heresy were also crimes in the secular state. And for many centuries, the secular state was very cruel in its punishments for those convicted of crimes. It's just how things were. To look at it from a 21st century American perspective, with no historical context, is to almost guarantee to generate misunderstanding.