Forbidden Books

On a recent radio program edition of Chris Pinto’s Noise of Thunder Radio I found it very interesting that he discussed the modern Roman Catholic Index of Forbidden Books.

That spurred me to look into a Catholic Bible that I own, for reference use. It is the Catholic New American Bible, sponsored by the Bishops’ Committee of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and printed by Catholic Bible Publishers, copyright 1970. This is therefore a modern Bible version and in the back, under the heading of Index of Forbidden Books, it declares what these volumes would be: “Books, harmful to faith and morals, the reading of which is expressly forbidden by the Holy See. Any book or publication whose material constitues a danger the faith or maorals of the reader is prohibited. Forbidden books would include:
1.      Any non-Catholic edition or translation of the Holy Bible (for example, the King James Version)…”

Therefore, according to the Church of Rome’s official pronouncement, any Catholic who reads, what a 2011 New York Times review stated, “is one of the great masterpieces of English prose” commits a sin.

If a Catholic therefore reads John 3:16 in the King James which reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”, or the 23rd Psalm, that Catholic person needs to ask for forgiveness. The 2011 New York Times review was by Charles McGrath.
I recall a National Post review of a book about the King James Bible, in which the reviewer called the King James version the greatest work in the English language.
And there are some that say that there is no difference between Catholic or Protestant belief when it comes right down to it. I suggest this shows that the Roman Catholic Church knows that if a Catholic person of average intelligence was to read God’s pure Word, they would, on their own, find that the teachings of this religious organization is very different from what the Bible teaches.

Speaking of Christian J Pinto, I am also pleased that he has packaged my book with one of his latest excellent documentaries on DVD entitled A Lamp in the Dark, for sale on the Adullam Film website. Chris is an award winning document film maker based in Tennessee.

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