We need to keep in mind that times have changed much since the 1800s, and even then
obviously some RCs went out and bought the Bible to read. Some lay people also had
permission from the church to have and read the Bible. Still it was the RC church policy
to discourage reading the Bible by parishioners until sometime in the 1900s. As always,
not everyone follows church doctrine 100% regardless of which denomination they belong
From: Eilish <eilish(a)pacific.net.au>
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: FERMANAGH-GOLD how do dispose of old bibles properly ?
Good heavens! It seems it depends on the family AND the priest. The
Catholic priest in the parish where I live (I'm in Australia) has a room
full of bibles and he gives them away to any who stray near him! And he
is an elderly Irishman from Co. Donegal! At least your friend went ahead
and bought one. Good on her.
On 31/01/2014 11:56 PM, Loretta Layman wrote:
Hi Eilish. It does depend on the family. Some folks are just more
independent than others. Historically, though, lay people have been
discouraged from owning their own Bibles. Even as recent as 30 years ago, I
had a dear friend and coworker who was Roman Catholic, bought her own Bible,
and was pressured by family and priest alike to give it up.
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