In recent decades, the Church has encouraged its members to cherish
the Scriptures and to make use of new methods of Scripture study.
These attitudes were reaffirmed by the Second Vatican Council and
subsequent Church documents.
More and more Catholics are learning to improve their understanding
of the Bible through the benefits of historical research, literary
analysis and the findings of archaeology. Church teaching has wisely steered Catholics away from literal-minded approaches and
from reading the Bible as if it were a scientific textbook on the
origins of the universe.
In short, more Catholics are reading the Bible todayand with
a more solid understandingthan at any other time in its 2000-year