Pope Leo XIII responded to those who would push the interpretation of Sacred Scripture beyond what was known using modern theory and thought. His Encyclical PROVIDENTISSIMUS DEUS, ON THE STUDY OF HOLY SCRIPTURE reiterates the rule of St. Augustine “15. But he must not on that account consider that it is forbidden, when just cause exists, to push inquiry and exposition beyond what the Fathers have done; provided he carefully observes the rule so wisely laid down by St. Augustine-not to depart from the literal and obvious sense, except only where reason makes it untenable or necessity requires;(40) a rule to which it is the more necessary to adhere strictly in these times, when the thirst for novelty and unrestrained freedom of thought make the danger of error most real and proximate. “
Do you think Catholics still follow this rule? I think we are losing sight of it from the top on down.