Church Documents

What they say about the Bible

The bishop of Rome

From time to time, the bishop of Rome publishes a document on Scripture. Here are links to two significant recent documents.

Pope Francis
St Jerome: 16th centenary of his death
The 16th centenary of the death of St Jerome fell on 30th September 2020. For the occasion, Pope Francis has published a document marking the anniversary. It combines a biography of the great bible scholar with a new affirmation of the importance of the Bible in the life of the church today.

To see the document, you have a choice:

1. The
Vatican Website.
2. A prepared
PDF edition from www.tarsus.ie.


2019
Sunday of the Word of God (Establishing the feast of the Word of God)

2019
Christ is alive (Letter to young people)

2012
The Joy of the Gospel (Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis)

Pope Benedict

2010
The Word of God (Post-Synodal Exhortation of Benedict XVI)

VATICAN II

1965
Dei Verbum

BISHOPS OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES

2005
The Gift of Scripture
The Pontifical Biblical Commission

The Pontifical Biblical Commission publishes position papers and documents from time to time.

Since the Vatican II, these have proved immensely helpful. On their website, the documents are presented in chronological order, starting with the earliest. For the more recent papers, you need to scroll down. For convenience (and also to have them in English), here are links to four very useful studies as well an an earlier report to the Commission on the possibility of ordaining women as priests.


2014
The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture

2008
The Bible and Morality

2001
The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible

1993
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church

1976
Can Women Be Priests?

Documents from other Churches and Christian Traditions

ORTHODOX CHURCH OF AMERICA

The Bible

WORLD LUTHERAN FEDERATION

Pauline Hermeneutics
US Catholic Bishops