I hate to bring up past discretions of any church especially those that make claims of being the "only" church, but if you insist I am too considerate to withhold accommodation. I know how the Catholic church is still in the process of rewriting history to reflect a more favorable light of their past practices and that is especially true of the pedophile scandal of today. I think they will eventually get the murders of the crusades, the power grab of the church, attempt at controlling the bible, and other misdeeds buried. That day has not arrived yet, however.<quoted text>
You are kind of creative. Tell me exactly how the Bible was kept away intentionally from hands of the people starting from 382 to 2013.
This will be interesting.
HINT: Better check how Bibles were created before 1470 and how many people could read.
COUNCIL OF TOULOUSE - 1229 A.D.
Canon 14. We prohibit also that the laity should be permitted to have the books of the Old or New Testament; unless anyone from motive of devotion should wish to have the Psalter or the Breviary for divine offices or the hours of the blessed Virgin; but we most strictly forbid their having any translation of these books.
THE COUNCIL OF TARRAGONA - 1234 A.D.
"No one may possess the books of the Old and New Testaments in the Romance language, and if anyone possesses them he must turn them over to the local bishop within eight days after promulgation of this decree, so that they may be burned lest, be he a cleric or a layman, he be suspected until he is cleared of all suspicion."
In 1408 the third synod of Oxford, England, banned unauthorized English translations of the Bible and decreed that possession of English translation's had to be approved by diocesan authorities. The Oxford council declared:
"It is dangerous, as St. Jerome declares, to translate the text of Holy Scriptures out of one idiom into another, since it is not easy in translations to preserve exactly the same meaning in all things. We therefore command and ordain that henceforth no one translate the text of Holy Scripture into English or any other language as a book, booklet, or tract, of this kind lately made in the time of the said John Wyclif or since, or that hereafter may be made, either in part or wholly, either publicly or privately, under pain of excommunication, until such translation shall have been approved and allowed by the Provincial Council. He who shall act otherwise let him be punished as an abettor of heresy and error."