Question of the Day for Monday, August 19, 2013
Q. My Protestant friends tell me the Catholic Bible has books that shouldn’t be in it. What’s the difference?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
No one will deny Scripture is a fundamental element of our Christian faith. However, some books of Scripture, reflecting the tradition of the early Church, are held in greater esteem than others. The “Jerome Biblical Commentary” (1968) observes, “If a book was derived from an apostle, it embodied his immediate experience of Christ [and] would mirror the faith of the Church.” Old Testament works revered in Judaism were given the highest regard; those less regarded were given less attention.
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