[quote=ProudArmyWife]I’ve actually heard this one before - that people were not permitted to read the Bible. I believe, correct me if I’m wrong, that at one time the Bibles were attached to the Church not to forbid people from them but because they were rare and many fake/poor copies were being made available to the public. But again I’m not sure about this.
First of all, prohibition against reading the Bible was ENGLISH, not Catholic. The Wycliffe Bible was a poor early English translation, and Wycliffe was not above inserting his political ideas. The Wycliffe Bible was used to justify the Peasant Rebellion of 1382, and continued to be used by the Lollards (who were so radical that even the Puritans had to suppress them.)
The English, becoming Protestant, blamed the Church for their own political leader’s suppression of the Wycliffe Bible.
[quote=ProudArmyWife]Don’t you hate when you someone says something to you that you know is wrong but can’t tell them why because you don’t have all the right info, then it’s too late! That drives me batty.
The burden of proof is on the person making the claim. The proper answer is, “Can you give me a website or a book where I can verify that claim?” If they respond, it will usually be some obviously wierd site or book.
When they claim biblical authorities – look up their cites and read the whole chapter. You’ll find they often use non-existant verses, or verses taken entirely out of context.
When you look it up, use a good bible, with good footnotes and explanations – I like the New American Bible for Catholics. You will usually find that what they consider damning – like “the Whore of Babylon” – means something entirely different.