Merry Christmas everyone!
I wanted to ask a question about a Catholic periodical I ran across called America Magazine. I’ve gotten a couple of sample issues and I’ve been reading an Advent devotional they put out via text message link for your smart phone (which is a joint venture between them and the American Bible Society). It seems like an interesting enough magazine and is put out by Jesuits, but there were a few things about the devotional that gave me pause and I wanted to know if America has a reputation for being a liberal publication, and if so if it’s still faithful to Catholic teaching? The things that gave me concern are as follows:
- The Scripture quotes they use in the devotional are from the NASB. While I personally think highly of this translation and consider it a good literal translation of the Bible, it is disconcerting to see a Catholic publication citing a version of the Bible that is not approved by the Church, seemingly without a specific reason for doing so (such as trying to reach out to groups that use or respect a specific non-Catholic translation)
- One devotional referred to Matthew using Mark as a source (i.e. the theory that says that Mark was the first Gospel written and the other gospels, or least the other synoptic gospels, based their writings off of Mark)
- Today’s devotional used the phrase “She Who Is”.
Anyone have any experience with America?