[quote="Miriam1947, post:1, topic:337777"]
This was on exmormon.org. What is the truth about this? Steve Benson also goes after Karl Keating. See bolded text.
Whether Mormon or Catholic, the institutional control of info is the same-- new
"It is alleged that the [Catholic] Church forbade Catholics from reading the Holy Bible by placing it on the index of Forbidden Books. The Bibles placed on the Index of Forbidden Books were Protestant Bibles that lacked 7 books and/or badly translated versions of the Bible.
"The Diocese of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the only place in the world that I know of where in the days before Vatican II, Catholics were forbidden from reading the Holy Bible. Even local priests will admit to this practice. The explanation given for this non-Catholic practice is that the local priests feared if Catholics were to read the Bible, they would give it their own personal interpretation. Not being qualified to interpret the Holy Bible, they were forbidden to read it."
("Catholic Doors Ministry," at: catholicdoors.com/misc/apologetics/forbiddenbible.htm)
"It is true that earlier in this century, in some Catholic circles, people were not encouraged to read their Bibles. This discouragement was a mistake. The Church does not claim that these types of mistakes have not been made. Catholics believe that although the teaching of the Church is "infallible" on matters of doctrine, the Church is not "indefectible." Sometimes God chooses people who fall. He has done that since the beginning of the Church. (i.e., Judas).
"It was never forbidden to read the Bible. But some priests were worried that congregations would come up with dozens of conflicting interpretations of Scripture. These priests knew of over 300 Protestant denominations who had distinct beliefs about the interpretation of Scripture. Many of these interpretations conflicted with each other yet every one of them claimed divine inspiration. As a whole, neither Catholics or Evangelicals are into relativism (which says there are many truths). So we have to conclude that the vast majority of conflicting Evangelical biblical interpretations are incorrect since only one can be true. (Perhaps this is a powerful argument against Sola Scriptura - Bible alone.) Some priests saw this divisional process in Protestant circles and felt it was a danger."
("Catholic Bridge.com," at:catholicbridge.com/catholic/did_the_catholic_church_forbid_bible_reading.php)
"* FACT 1: Until the present generation, the Roman Catholic Church forbade her people to read the Bible for themselves under pain of 'mortal sin.' That is, the Catholic who owned or read the Bible was de facto condemned to Hell.
"The Bible was placed on Rome's 'Index of Forbidden Books' list by the Council of Toulouse/Toledo in the year 1229. It remained there until the index was discontinued at Vatican Council II. Anyone reading or owning a 'forbidden' book was anathematized, or cursed and remanded to hell for doing so.
"Cannon 14 from the Council of Toulouse says that the Roman Catholic Church:
"'Forbids the laity to have in their possession any copy of the books of the Old and New Testament . . . and most strictly forbids these works in the vulgar tongue.'
"Roman Catholic apologist Karl Keating confirms this fact when he writes that 'the bishops at Toulouse restricted the use of the Bible until the [Albigensian] heresy was ended.' (Page 45, Catholicism and Fundamentalism, by Karl Keating). The peculiar thing is that the Bible remained on the 'Index of Forbidden Books' for another 730 years! In his dance with truth, Mr. Keating takes care to omit this little fact.
"Still More Evidence. This teaching was confirmed at the Council of Trent (Session IV, April 8, 1546, 'Decree Concerning the Canonical Scriptures'). The Council of Trent went further, stating that anyone who dared study Scriptures on their own must 'be punished with the penalties by law established." With incredible audacity, the Council of Trent went so far as to forbid even the printing of and sale of the Bible! Anyone daring to violate this decree was anathematized, or cursed and damned to Hell for it. ('Dogmatic Cannons and Decrees of the Council of Trent,' . . . pp. 11-13; copyright 1977, 1912, with Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat, Tan Books and Publishers, P.O. Box 424, Rockford, IL 61105)
"Still More Evidence Liguori, the most respected of Cannon Lawyers in the Roman Catholic Church, wrote that '[t]he Scriptures and books of Controversy may not be permitted in the vulgar tongue, as also they cannot be read without permission.'
"And Yet Even More Evidence Pope Clement XI (1713), in his bull Unigenitus, wrote that '[ww}e strictly forbid them [the laity] to have the books of the Old and New Testament in the vulgar tongue.'
"* FACT 2: Since Vatican Council II (1965) The Roman Catholic Church now permits her people to read the Bible, and even offers an 'indulgence' of three hundred days off of Purgatory time for doing, if they read in for at least fifteen minutes at one sitting. ('The Holy Bible, Douay-Confraternity' version, Title Page overleaf.)
"* FACT 3: Vatican Council II confirmed all pronouncements of the Council of Trent, which, as we see above, forbade the Bible to the people."
(Catholic Dilemma: Reading the Bible)
I probably am going to be in trouble on this site, but all that the above proves is the verity of an old sailors saying:
"If you cannot impress someone with your logic, baffle them with male bovine excrement."