Document Stresses Importance of Bible for Catholics

ROME, SEPT. 21, 2005 (Zenit.org).- A major new teaching document from the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland was presented here to delegates attending the congress on “Dei Verbum,” the Second Vatican Council document on Revelation.

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Retired Bishop Daniel Mullins of Menevia, Wales, who guided the production of the document, and Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow invited the 400 delegates to use the document in their own work of biblical formation.

Entitled “The Gift of Scripture,” the document explains Catholic teaching on the Bible. The 60-page booklet explains the basic principles and gives guidance on some difficult questions. The bishops warmly acknowledge the contribution of Jewish and other Christian scholars to the work of biblical understanding.

Father Adrian Graffy, who assisted the bishops in their work, commented: “Our bishops must be commended on what is a significant and timely document. It will be a major help in fostering the familiarity and love of the Bible which have grown so strongly since Vatican II.”

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