Thanks for the great information everyone.
Just to add, Yes the Pope did commission St. Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin. And this version of the Bible is called the Latin Vulgate. The [/FONT] shows the derivative of this word “vulgate.” It comes from the word “vulgāta,” which comes from “vulgāre” which means** “to make**** common.”** That is because Latin was the common language of the time. So, it was translated into Latin not to keep it from the people, but to make it as accessible as possible.[INDENT]Vulgate
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[/INDENT]However, there was an error in a recommended web page suggested above. The website stated:
(2) Bible reading earlier this Century
I did not grow up Catholic but I’ve interviewed dozens of older Catholics, and ex Catholics, including those who now go to Evangelical Churches, to try to gain an understanding of the charge that Catholics weren’t allowed to read their Bibles in the 1930’s - 1970’s.
It is true that earlier in this century, in some Catholic circles, people were not encouraged to read their Bibles.
Perhaps ??? some dissident priests told those in their parish not to read the Bible.
(Or, is it that some are just making excuses for their own negligence in not reading it.)
BUT the Popes during this time explicitly did tell faithful Catholics TO READ the Bible.
And that instruction was made crystal clear in the Catholic Bibles of the day.
It would be wrong to blame the Church, or IMPLY such blame …
It is not the fault of the Church that others, including dissident priests like Martin Luther, choose to teach contrary to her teachings.
Would you blame the Catholic Church that Martin Luther, going against Church teaching, taught Faith Alone ? So, don’t blame her for the alleged claim that priests went against the clear teachings of the Popes, who during the exact same time period referenced above said we SHOULD READ THE BIBLE.
The Catholic Church made it clear that it favored Bible reading. However, she did not favor the reading of vernacular Bibles that had heretical notes in the margin.
For example, by analogy,
Would you favor distributing a Bible that had pornography in it?
Or one that taught your children that (sic) your lovely wife is really a whore ?
I do not just make a claim here.
I prove my points beyond any shadow of doubt below.
We need to point out to Protestants that at least all the way up until the 16th century, not only was Latin taught, but the other subjects were taught IN LATIN as well.
And we need to not just point out that Catholics claim this, but show this reality from non-Catholic sources. See below.
Catholic German Language Bibles Before Luther with Deuterocanonical Bks