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The Papacy In History And Prophecy



1. The Council of Toulouse AD 1229 passed the following decree:

"We prohibit the reading and also the permitting of the laity to have the books of the Old or New Testament unless anyone should wish from a feeling of devotion, to have a psalter or breviary for divine service or the hours of the blessed Mary. But we strictly forbid them to have the above mentioned books in the vulgar tongue" Labbey & Cassort's Councils part I, tom ii Paris 1671

2. Alphonsus Ligouri, a high authority in the Catholic Church in the 1840's said:

"The Scriptures and books of controversies may not be permitted in the vulgar tongue, as also they cannot be read without permission."


3. The fourth rule of the Index of the Council of Trent distinctly prohibits the use of Scripture unless by licence. The rule reads:

"Inasmuch as it is manifest, from experience, that if the Holy Bible translated into the vulgar tongue, be indiscriminately allowed to everyone, the temerity of men will cause more evil than good to arise from it; it is, on this point, referred to the judgment of the bishops, or inquisitors, who may by the advice of the priest or confessor, permit the reading of the Bible translated into the vulgar, tongue by Catholic authors, to those persons whose faith and piety, they apprehend, will not be augmented, and not injured by it; and this permission they must have in writing. But if any one shall have the presumption to read or possess it without such written permission, he shall not receive absolution until he have first delivered up such Bible to the ordinary. Booksellers, however, who shall sell, or otherwise dispose of Bibles in the vulgar tongue, to any persons not having such permission shall forfeit the value of the books, to be applied by the bishop to some pious use, and be subjected to such other penalties as the bishop shall judge proper, according to the quality of the offence. But regulars shall neither read nor purchase such Bibles without a special license from their superiors" "Canons & Decrees of Council of Trent" Paris 1832