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Bishops Again and the Vatican

William M. Shea

in The Lion and the Lamb

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195139860
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195139860.003.0013
 Bishops Again and the Vatican

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In 1987, a small committee of the National Conference of Catholic bishops composed and approved “A Pastoral Statement for Catholics on Biblical Fundamentalism”, which received little public attention. The letter treated fundamentalism as a “general approach to life which is typified by unyielding adherence to rigid doctrinal and ideological positions”. The letter’s criticism of fundamentalism was threefold: fundamentalist biblicism eliminates the church from Christianity; it ignores the historicity of the Bible, distorts the meaning of the Catholic doctrine of inerrancy, and ends in a hermeneutical leap from the Bible to contemporary life; and it offers simple and confident answers to complex questions.

Keywords: fundamentalism; Catholicism; bishops

Chapter.  4461 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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