There are many Catholics who don’t read the Bible. When people in my parents’ generation were young, they were seriously warned against reading the Bible lest they misinterpret it. I went to eight years of Catholic grade school in the late 60s and early 70s and not once did we crack open an actual Bible. We did read some stories out of a children’s Bible, but mostly they were teaching secular diversity politics and anti-drug programming in the name of religion.
I never even felt the need to own a Bible until I was 22 years old, on haitus from the Church, and watching a non-denominational tv preacher named Frederick K. Price. That was the first time I heard anything from the Bible outside the readings on Sundays, and definitely the first time I heard anyone show me how to really apply the Bible to our lives…
The good news is that my own children who are in Catholic schools now, do some of their school work in the Bible both in elementary and high school.
He has been the very model of a Christian, but let us not fall into the trap of thinking he is too good for us to do him a favor. Jesus got down on his knees and washed the feet of people much less holy than Himself. Jesus rebuked John the Baptist when John said he was unworthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. I think it’s safe to say that if Jesus didn’t want to be idolized with that sort of groveling then neither should we idolize the Pope lest we tempt him to sin.
Sorry, realized after I had posted the first answer that I needed to go back and post this. First of all…did I say anywhere in my post that I idolized the Pope? You fall into the same error that Protestants accuse us of…idolizing Saints. I never said ANYTHING about idolizing anyone. I do not idolize the Pope…I realize he was a man, just as all of us are, (woman in my case )…and that Christ himself was a man. HOWEVER>…to recgonize his holiness and to realize that I myself may NEVER be able to attain the same spiritual level (you cannot possibly believe that in today’s world, without the 6 or 8 hours a day the Pope dedicated to prayer, that we could possibly get to the same point in our spiritual lives? ), is almost impossible…NOTE…I said almost. I realize that all people are different in their spiritual abilities and lives. Did I anywhere say that NO ONE can be as holy? No, I didn’t, so please do not put words in my mouth, and please do not make the same error of protestantism of assuming we idolize Saints or Holy men and women.
Do I consider myself worthy to spit shine the shoes of the Pope??? Spiritually? No, I do not. Nor do I know anyone else, frankly who I think has attained his level of holiness or spirituality…just as I know no one else who has attained the level of spirituality of say…St. Therese or St. John of the Cross, or St. Catherine…if you DO…then I would say you know a living saint…I know, I know…next you are going to say we are ALL called to be saints…VERY true…but few ever make it. Christ made this clear in the scriptures.
God bless and next time I’ll try to be more explanatory in my posts so that there are no mistaken assumptions.