[quote=Kristina P.]It isn’t as though the Catholic Church has declared authoritative interpretations for every single passage in the Bible. As long as an interpretation is in line with the teachings of the Church, I believe it’s all right. If we weren’t free to interpret the Bible on our own at least a little bit, what would be the point in reading it?
Exactly, thanks for saying it that way Kristina!
I meant to get a similar thought across by saying “analogy of faith.”
St. Francis de Sales wrote some in “The Catholic Controversy” regarding private interpretation. As a Protestant it was kind of hard to swallow at the time. He quoted I think St. Ambrose who was rebuking a cook for meddling in affairs regarding the Scriptures. I couldn’t find that particular quote of St. Francis, but in looking for it, I found this, and it was funny, perhaps useful to quote. He’s bringing out the manifold diversions of the Reformer’s hermeneutics and interpretations.
An honest man… related to me that he heard a minister of this country, treating of the Nativity of Our Lord, assert that he was not born in a crib, and expounded the text figuratively, saying: “Our Lord also says that he is the vine, yet for all that he is not one; in the same way, although it is said that he is born in a crib, yet born there he is not, but in some honourable place which in comparison with his greatness might be called a crib.” It is a most curious thing to see how this pretended enlightenment causes the Holy Scripture to be profaned.
The Catholic Controversy, p. 132, TAN
Moving along, it seems that people could easily throw that right around at you Catholics and say that, because of the quadriga, fourfold sense of Scripture, then the doors are wide open for off the wall, or subjective interpretations.
For instance, in the Missal for Ordinary Time, August 7, one of the Communion Songs is from Psalm 147
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem, He feeds you with the finest wheat.
Obviously “wheat” referring to the Eucharist, Christ Himself.
Or saying that, in general, prophetic texts about the Church are also texts about Mary.
I know that wreckless private interpretation does not rule the day in the catholic church, I’m just saying that’s how some might perceive it is all. Personally, I believe that the 4-fold sense of Scripture is pretty awesome, and why should we think that God’s very Word is meant to be taken just in a grammatical, surface level way only?