Re: Catholic teaching document

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Sat Oct 08 2005 - 08:08:26 EDT

There is, as the article notes, a significant difference between the views of the bishops expressed in the document and Rome's attitude today 100 years ago at the time of the modernist controversy. But what is considered permissible in RC biblical scholarship has changed a good deal since then. Official views are set out in paragraphs 101-141 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately the writer of the Times article makes it seem more spectacular by stating it as a matter of some parts of scripture being "untrue" without attention to what kind of truth is under consideration - an issue we've foetn debated here.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Randy Isaac
  Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 10:34 PM
  Subject: Catholic teaching document

  Does the report in The Times indicate a shift in Catholic thinking? Or is this consistent with previous interpretations, only getting a media twist and emphasis?

  Excerpt: But the first 11 chapters of Genesis, in which two different and at times conflicting stories of creation are told, are among those that this country's Catholic bishops insist cannot be "historical". At most, they say, they may contain "historical traces".

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