Official Church Documents


Verbum Domini: On the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Benedict XVI, September 2010

The Gift of Scripture Catholic Bishops' Conferences of England and Wales, and of Scotland, 2005

The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible 2001 document of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

Dei Verbum 35 Years Later: Understanding the Word of God Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Keynote Address at the Scripture Conference 2000 in Denver

The Word of God in Scripture: How to read and interpret the Bible By the Theology Commission of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1999

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 1, Section 1 Topics: Christ, the unique word of sacred scripture. Inspiration and truth of sacred scripture. The Holy Spirit, interpreter of scripture. The canon of scripture. Sacred scripture in the life of the Church

The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church Presented on March 18, 1994 by the Pontifical Biblical Commission

Pastoral Statement for Catholics on Biblical Fundamentalism Archbishop John Whealon of Hartford, Connecticut, chaired the ad hoc Committee on Biblical Fundamentalism of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops which issued this statement on March 27, 1987

Catholics and Fundamentalism: A Contrast Pastoral letter to Catholics in Alabama and Mississippi

Vatican II: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (1965) See Chapter 3: Sacred Scripture, Its Inspiration and Divine Interpretation. Chapter 4: The Old Testament. Chapter 5: The New Testament. Chapter 6: Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

Divino Afflante Spiritu Pope Pius XII: Promotion of Biblical Studies, 1943

Spiritus Paraclitus Pope Benedict XV: On St. Jerome, 1920

Motu Proprio on the Bible By Pope Pius X. Scroll to page 154. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 33, From January to October, 1908

On the Institution of a Commission for Biblical Studies Apostolic Letter of Leo XIII, 1902. Scroll to page 177. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 28, From January to October, 1903

Providentissimus Deus Pope Leo XIII: On the Study of Scripture, 1893

Vatican I: On Revelation From the Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith

Council of Trent: Decrees Concerning the Canonical Scriptures and the Edition and the use of the Sacred Books From the Fourth Session

Catholic Church Documents related to Biblical Studies Compiled by Prof. Felix Just, S.J.




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