Pope on Biblical Interpretation (I couldn’t agree more!)

by Steve Ray on October 27, 2009

Church has ultimate authority to interpret Bible, Pope reminds scholars

Pope Benedict XVI met on October 26 with leaders of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year. The Pontiff reminded the Jesuit administrators of the Biblicum that the study of the Scriptures must take place in a context of Christian faith and loyalty to the teaching magisterium. “Furthermore it is the Church, in her institutions, that has the decisive word in the interpretation of Scripture,” he said.

Zenit article: “It is the Church, in fact,” he added, “that has been entrusted with the task of interpreting authentically the Word of God written and transmitted, exercising her authority in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Full text of the Pope’s talk

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shadi November 2, 2009 at 6:51 AM

AND WHAT DOES HE MEAN WITH ” THE CHURCH”?

Steve Ray November 2, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Steve Ray here: Shadi, you ask AND WHAT DOES HE MEAN WITH ” THE CHURCH”?

The same thing Jesus meant — the visible Catholic Church under Peter and the apostles and their successors. This is how it has been understood for 2,000 years.

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