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We don't follow Biblical scholars, we follow Jesus. Nevertheless, I fail to see the reason for attacking a man who's been dead for 10 years, who was a respected scholar and a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission as well as a priest and religious.
Scholarly theories come and go. Some "stick" and become the basis of further study. Some fade away. Others join their fellows on the shelf, with adherants and opponents. Those who want to challenge Raymond Brown's scholarly work will continue to do so in academic forums, and their work will become part of the ongoing discussion. Outside of academia, those who find his views threatening are under no obligation to read them or agree with them.
If neither his superiors nor the Vatican believed it necessary to discipline Fr. Brown during his career, I don't know why anyone feels it's appropriate to do so now.
No one is trying to discipline Brown. I think Catholics dug up -- oh, who was that English reformer who trumpeted private interpretation of scripture? -- maybe John Wyclif. If memory serves me right, somebody dug up his bones 40 years after his death and burned them. You wouldn't get away with anything like that today, of course, but it has been done.
Back to Brown: Now, in his book of the title something like "101 questions and answers about the Bible" he expresses the opinion rather strongly that all the infancy narratives of the gospel are myths, hoaxes, frauds, whatever you want to call them.
Now, let's see those hands out there: How many Catholics went to Church and heard a homily based on Brown and told their people once and for all to knock off all this manger stuff and magi stuff and the like? Well, that's what Brown said.
One cannot be neutral about Raymond Brown and the Church is certainly not.