An Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Benedict XVI on the Scriptures

Pope Benedict has written an apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord), that offers his reflections on the conclusions of the 2008 world Synod of Bishops whose theme was “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church.”

He emphasizes the need to improve Catholic familiarity with the Bible and the need to read and understand the Bible in harmony with the church.   He asks for greater efforts “to teach Catholics about the Bible, to help them learn to read it and pray with it, to treat it with great dignity during the liturgy and emphasize the importance by making sure homilies are based on the day’s readings.” 

There is a section in the exhortation that reiterates the Church’s position on bibilcal interpretation.  There is a section on the fundamentalist interpretation of sacred scripture.  There is a section on the literal sense and spiritual sense of interpretation.  There is a section the biblical dimension of catechesis that draws on the guidelines in the General Directoryfor Catechesis.

For the full text, http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_ben-xvi_exh_20100930_verbum-domini_en.html

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