Why Don’t Catholics Read The Bible?

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys talk about the relationship between Catholics and reading Holy Scripture.

Episode 113:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• Did The Catholic Church really chain the Bible to the Pulpit?
• Is Catholicism a “Religion of The Book”?
• Which translation of the Bible should Catholics use?
• What is more important, Scripture or Sacred Tradition?
• How to read the ENTIRE Bible by attending Mass
• and much more

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8 comments on Why Don’t Catholics Read The Bible?

  1. Edward says:

    Brothers in Christ,
    Hello. I am a former Catholic who turned Protestant, but have since returned to the Catholic Church. This is the first time I have listened to your program, and I have some feedback/suggestions that I would like to share, but would rather email you directly instead of posting them. Can you provide me with an email address where I can send it? Thank you so much.

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi Guys,
    “The primary purpose of reading the Bible is not to know the Bible but to know God.” James Merritt
    “The Bible is the first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention.” President John Quincy Adams
    “I have always said and will always say that studious perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens.” Thomas Jefferson
    “When we pray we speak to God, but when we read God speaks to us.” St. Jerome

    Evidently you people dust as frequently as I do. I read the Bible but not as often as I should. I have the Oxford University Annotated Teaching Bible. It is an ecumenical Bible. You are so right we are in the longest running Bible study on the planet due to daily and weekly Masses and the reading of the scriptures. I disagree as far as hearing the entire Bible in 3 years. Are the deuterocanonical books, scriptures, epistles, etc. included in this? I have never heard the Bel and the Dragon ‘mystery’, starring the prophet Daniel, read from the altar but I am thinking that it may be apocrypha. But, I don’t remember ever hearing from the books of Judith or Esther either. (I remember when I first heard of the Bible story of Bel and the Dragon the title sounded like a kid’s fairy tale.)

    The Bible is not easy to read. It is filled with violence, adventure, sex, enemy smiting, begatting, love of your neighbor, and humor, yet it is not there for our entertainment. However, there is the humor of God exposed in the works. God has called us a “stiff-necked bunch” probably because his humor was not appreciated or expected. (I think his humor was apparent in the modes of transportation he chose for Elijah and Moses.)

    The adventures of man trying to live with God. God’s ongoing experience with mankind, his creation. Sometimes I think it is a learning experience on both sides. The books of the Bible are not for easy, relaxed reading, and some books are easier reads than others. Some are not meant to be read per se just perused for inspiration, like Psalms and Proverbs, or if you want to learn man’s lineage from Adam and Eve downward. There is one whole book dedicated to that.

    RD, I know of someone else who reads the ibreviary app. He too is a busy person. Fr. Rich encountering Jesus everywhere is awesome I agree. RS, your Bible reading habits are exactly like mine! Genesis and Ecclesiastes are two of my favorite books to re-read. Thank you for the recommendation of the New Jerusalem Bible Fr. Rich.

    I have to tell you that I had one or two teaching nuns who did not encourage us, their young students, to read the Bible especially without adult supervision. Maybe they thought we would be disrespectful of it as we were at that smart ass age. (I went from smart ass kid to snarky adult but I try to behave better now that age has settled on my shoulders. Yeah, right!) Anyway, traveling back through time or in retrospect, the nuns more than likely didn’t want us making fun of the holy scriptures. They didn’t want us committing sacrilege.

    Well, I watched your entertaining podcast, so now back to Christmas movies! Tis the Season!!

    Stay safe and stay healthy,

  3. Rose vullo says:

    People that don’t read the Bible do not believe in God I don’t read the Bible that often but I do read it God bless great show

  4. FHL says:

    A bedside bible was purchased between 1997-2005? for $40ish in vinyl, indexed, 1005p. Old Testament + 250p. New Testament = 1255p. My self-imposed challenge was to read 8p. daily which took 157 days. I only mention this to demonstrate that it was not at all difficult. Treating it as a research or reference book feels disrespectful to someone like me, since several prayer cards for deceased family members are contained inside, so ‘memento mori’ expresses the solemnity of the mindset I need to immerse myself into the Word. It cannot appear to be a study project, teaching endeavor, bragging right, even to my own children, or it would tarnish my effort. As with prayer, when scriptural reading is combined with mortification, it’s purified. Committing to several months made the experience satisfying with a sense of personal accomplishment. Scepter was the publisher, a less daunting version than my other editions, one of which sits in my living room as the ‘sacramental supreme’ an heirloom given to my father by his parents in 1955, which became my treasure after the death of my parents. It contains stunning artwork, dark brown hardcover, gold edged pages and touching it is saved for special occasions. Its first few pages note 3yrs indulgence for reading 15min daily. It highlights our home shrine, alongside Christ Crucified, Sacred Heart devotion, Our Lady of Lourdes, rosaries, votive/tealight candle, Last Supper image, Jesus knocks, etc. No demons dare creep under my door! We have a crucifixes/rosaries in each room, and at least five bibles, all blessed, not counting children’s versions. Graces abound and reiterates that as Faith increases, superstition decreases. My interest in gothic literature may stem from stories with malevolent spirits instantly dispersed by blessed sacramentals, especially Catholic bibles and crucifixes. One in particular written by Le Fanu, about a student renting out a nefarious house to work for several months on school obligations, protected entirely by a blessed bible his mother packed into his suitcase that he didn’t realize was even there, until it literally saved his life. Spiritual warfare indeed.

    1. FHL says:

      Scepter edition, RSVCE, with intro by Cardinal Cushing, Boston. The Catholic Press Inc. edited by Rev. John O’Connell with permission of Archbishop Stritch of Chicago, with OT Douay-Challoner text, NT Confraternity text, artwork by Tissot. My dad was 25 when he got it, already married with 1 of 4 children as of Christmas 1955. That’s what I would grab in the event of natural disaster, no question.

  5. Donna Beedy says:

    I have read the bible twice by reading 2 pages a night before bed. I plan on keep doing that so I will evidently have a better understanding of what I am reading and will keep on doing it till I die.

  6. James says:

    The Vatican II church is a false Ecumenical Papal-Protestant Church. The Traditional Catholic Church of the 1950s definitely did not encourage the laity to read the Bible (hence why Traditionalists still largely don’t read the Bible). To pretend that reading the Bible was part of Catholicism was false (Catholicism is mostly concerned with The Rosary and other devotions, not Scripture). It was largely left to priests because they didn’t want people to ask questions unless they’d been fully brainwashed into probabilism, equivocation, the scholastic method, and blind fanatical papal obedience.

    Snippets of Scripture was all that was given (as is still the case), so then you could have 10 minutes of equivocation and probabilism to squash the truth. Back when the Church of Rome was part of the true church, the laity would memorize all 150 psalms. This was lost during the Renaissance false Church of Rome era. Reading the Bible will make you question the Middle Ages Catholic Church. Since the true church cannot defect, it will prove that the Church of Rome had fallen into heresy and false beliefs around the 11th century and especially by the 16th century. This means there must be bishops who rejected the Church of Rome, but who have continuity with the apostles. Where these bishops are I don’t know, but they’re definitely not connected to the Church of Rome of Tridentine Catholicism or Vatican II Catholicism. Lutheranism was arguing against a church that had already been a false church for century, so Protestants carried many errors with them. Nondenoms are even worse.

    If Catholics are really people concerned with the Bible, why can’t any of the laymen recite all 150 psalms by heart? Why do they refer to papal teachings before scripture? When you look at the early Church of Rome, they are constantly referring to Scripture. The Church of Rome was lost starting around the year 800, but fully realized by the time of Alexander VI and Leo X.

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