British Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor
‘Not all of the Bible is true’ allege the British Cardinals
14 October 2005
British Church Newspaper
Roman Catholic Cardinal Archbishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor and Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrew's and Edinburgh, together with other leading RC Bishops in Britain, have issued a new teaching pamphlet informing their flock that 'not all of the Bible is true'. They added in their pamphlet The Gift of Scripture: "You should not expect 'total accuracy' in the Scriptures... We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision in secular matters". They added that "Genesis Chapters 1 11 are not to be taken literally, though they may contain historical traces". The new teaching paper has been issued as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Dei Verbum, the Second Vatican Council document explaining the place of Scripture in revelation. The Bishops went on to condemn what they called 'fundamentalism' for its 'intransigent intolerance', claiming that a "fundamentalist approach is dangerous when people of one nation or group see in the Bible a mandate for their own superiority; and even consider themselves permitted by the Bible to use violence against others".
In an earlier RC publication, Plain Facts for Fair Minds, the RC Church says: "If Christ Himself had written the book and set it forth as a text book, so to speak, of His religion, we would rest securely and have no need to inquire further. That the Bible is not a book, like the Koran for instance, set forth by the founder of the religion as its authoritative exposition, is in fact the fundamental weakness of Bible Protestantism. If Christ had intended His religion to be Propagated and preserved by means of a book, can any conceivable reason be urged why He should not have written one?" In their pamphlet 'Question Box', the RC church adds: "Christ himself never wrote a line or commanded his apostles to write; their divine commission was not to write but to preach the gospel".
Historian Robin Castellanos wrote from Texas, "1 am a Christian and am finally glad that the Catholic church has yielded way to common sense. It's not the actual literal truth that matters, it's the message it sends".
The comments of the Bishops have provoked much reaction on religious web sites. Ian Henderson wrote from Australia: "The Bible defends itself and remains the world's bestselling book. Those who read it will find wisdom, guidance and God's way of salvation in Christ. Man's opinions come and go, but the Word of God endures forever".
"For verily 1 say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:18