via bimbling along comes a report from The Times newspaper claiming — according to the headline — Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible.
THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true.
The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect ‘total accuracy’ from the Bible.
Now it’s my turn to complain about journalistic standards, because of course the report says no such thing. Unfortunately, the text of The Gift of Scripture does not seem to be online, but The Times quotes just enough for it to be clear that they’re completely misrepresenting it. I don’t have the time or energy to deal with this properly tonight, but it is very disappointing that a newspaper with The Times’ reputation has journalists who lack the wit, intelligence and imagination to see that rejecting fundamentalism is very different from rejecting the truth of scripture. Quite the opposite.
Of course this represents an assumption common to both fundamentalists and unthinking secularists. To which I can only say, “A plague on both their houses!” Bah!
Furthermore, to present this as if it represents some radical new departure in the Catholic understanding of scripture displays such a breathtaking ignorance it is scarcely believable.