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Church has ultimate authority to interpret Bible, Pope reminds scholars

October 26, 2009

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.


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  • Posted by: seraphic avenger - Oct. 27, 2009 12:42 PM ET USA

    What happens... whom do we believe when the Church DECLINES to rule on one or more passages, typically on escatological prophecies?