On one hand, they seem great for evaneglizing and learning…
…on the other hand…
You have this:
Here are the relevant condemned propositions:
It is useful and necessary at all times, in all places, and for every kind of person, to study and to know the spirit, the piety, and the mysteries of Sacred Scripture.
The reading of Sacred Scripture is for all.
The sacred obscurity of the Word of God is no reason for the laity to dispense themselves from reading it.
The Lord’s Day ought to be sanctified by Christians with readings of pious works and above all of the Holy Scriptures. It is harmful for a Christian to wish to withdraw from this reading.
It is an illusion to persuade oneself that knowledge of the mysteries of religion should not be communicated to women by the reading of Sacred Scriptures. Not from the simplicity of women, but from the proud knowledge of men has arisen the abuse of the Scriptures and have heresies been born.
To snatch away from the hands of Christians the New Testament, or to hold it closed against them by taking away from them the means of understanding it, is to close for them the mouth of Christ.
To forbid Christians to read Sacred Scripture, especially the Gospels, is to forbid the use of light to the sons of light, and to cause them to suffer a kind of excommunication.
To snatch from the simple people this consolation of joining their voice to the voice of the whole Church is a custom contrary to the apostolic practice and to the intention of God.
Dogmatic Constitution issued by Pope Clement XI on Sept. 8, 1713
So should Catholics read scriptures if they are lay people?
CERTAINLY, they should not read translations not directly approved by the Church. Right??