My question is this:
Did the Pontifical Biblical Commission (PBC) recently say in no uncertain terms that inerrancy is restricted only to matters of faith in its 2014 document “The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture”?
Here is the relevant text from the English translation provided by Liturgical Press:
“it is undeniable that Dei Verbum, with the expression “the truth . . . for the sake of our salvation” (n. 11), restricts biblical truth to divine revelation which concerns God himself and the salvation of the human race.”
- Page 125
I know that Catholic Answers, Scott Hahn, and numerous other orthodox Catholics have firmly denied that inerrancy is restricted to matters of faith. However, this document seems to be saying quite the opposite.
Furthermore, the head of the PBC (Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller), who wrote the forward to this document, is also head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Any insights are much appreciated.
One thing I forgot to mention is the possibility of a translation issue. I’m not betting on that, but I suppose it’s possible. This came from a translation published by Liturgical Press, not the Vatican, so I don’t know whether or not that plays any role.
And before I forget, below is a link to a fairly well-known piece on Scott Hahn’s website.
It’s written by Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J., and it argues strongly against the view that Dei Verbum restricts Scripture’s truth to matters of faith and morals.
So this seems very at odds with the PBC’s recent view.