Australian Catholic Flame Ministries International labels the New Community Bible “Hinduised”, “heretical”
WORLD NEWS – The New Hinduised Catholic Bible – A concern for the fate of truth
By Eddie Russell, FMI. Undated but definitely October 2008.
The Heretical Indianised Catholic Bible: “I cannot accept it, and will always oppose it”
As with the totally compromised Philippine Community Bible, the Indian bishops have also jumped to inculturate the authentic Bible translations, supposedly to make it more acceptable to Indians of all religions.
No doubt that the criteria for this compromise and accommodation has been spurred on by the 12 Points of the Indian Rite Mass, a Mass that allows certain Hindu practices and rituals to be included. According to the Vatican correspondent, Victor J.F. Kulanday’s book, “The Paganisation of the Church in India”, this Rite was slipped through the process to gain its approval*. Now, the recent approval of the New Indian Bible seems to be a progression of the paganisation of the Church in India. *(See following page)
The interesting thing is that this Bible has been approved in Kerala. This is where Saint Thomas the Apostle established Christianity shortly after the Resurrection. There has never been a problem with Christianity in this area for 2000 years and the accepted Bible has always been used until now. Given such a long history and acceptance in Indian culture, this new development is a serious concern for faith and truth.
Immanuel Kant, German idealist philosopher, 1724-1804 said, “I believe that the existence of the Bible is the greatest benefit to the human race. Any attempt to belittle it, I believe, is a crime against humanity.”
We couldn’t agree more. -Eddie Russell
Now read the news report below and judge for yourself.
KOCHI- An ‘Indianised’ Bible with references to the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Manusmriti and drawings of a turbaned Joseph and sari clad Mother Mary with baby Jesus in her arms, is making waves in Kerala.
This is an unprecedented venture as Indian scriptures Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Mausmriti have been used in a Bible by way of interpretations to biblical passages for the first time, says Catholic Church spokesperson Father Paul Thelekat. This is an attempt to make contextual reading and understanding.
There are 24 line drawings, including those of mosque, temple and church with slippers outside, by the late Christopher Coelho.
The Mumbai-based publishing house, St. Pauls, which brings out religious books, has come out with the new Indian Bible, which also has references to Meerabai, Mahatma Gandhi, and Rabindranath Tagore in the interpretations of biblical passages, Father Thelekat said.
As far as Catholics are concerned, they have to live and interpret their Christian faith and scriptures within the given culture. So they have to understand and interpret the culture, he said.
The New Community Bible is a revised edition of the popular Christian Bible translated by Late Bernardo Hurault, published from the Philippines. About 30 scholars have worked on it from 1980 and made the interpretations which are published at the bottom part of the Bible, Fr. Thelekat said.
The text of the Bible is the accepted Catholic version, whose interpretations are made with an Indian cultural perspective.
Thiruvananthapuram, Archbishop Soosa Pakiam, in his preface to the Bible, says a unique feature of the new Bible is that it has many references to the spiritual message and biblical references to that of spiritual message and biblical values found in the scriptures of other great Indian religions.
The article, quoting Fr. Augustine Kanachikuzhy, General Editor of the new Bible, says the references and quotations used in the Bible from non-Christian scriptures “does not imply in any way, the Indian Scriptural terms are parallel to Biblical terms or that the parallel references are saying the same thing as the Biblical text”.
Thelekat said while interpreting Treasure in Heaven of Mt 6:19.21, …’this concept is found a classical expression in the Bhagavad Gita’s call to disinterested action: ‘Work alone is your proper business never the fruits it may produce” (2:47), or while commenting on the third appearance of Jesus to disciples (John 21:1.14)… ‘The Lord ever stands on the shores of our life every moment and every age, every day and every night he comes, comes, ever comes’ (Gitanjali XLV).
Indian texts are used to interpret not only the New Testament, but also the Old Testament. The deluge story of the Book of Genesis is interpreted with reference of such stories in Mesopotamia and Satapath Brahmana (1.8.1-10) and Mahabharata. In passages where the Biblical interpretation differs from the Indian scriptures, that fact is also made clear, Thelekat said.
Over such 70 references to non-Christian texts have been made in the Bible and 30 scholars participated in making the commentary, Fr. Thelekat said.
“An attempt has been made to give a Bible which is more relevant for India. There is nothing added or subtracted from the text of the Bible, which has been reproduced as such”.
Bishop Thomas Dabre, Chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) gave the official no objection certificate for publication of the Bible.
A Bible can be printed only after a non-objection certificate and express permission to print is given by the Mumbai Archbishop.
The idea of an Indianised Bible was conceived in the 1980s after Bernardo Hurault, a French priest in Chile, produced a simple Spanish version with a commentary. His Christian Community Bible of 1971 has been translated into French, Filipino and Chinese and is used in South America, Africa and Asia.
Saint Jerome, Early Church Father and Doctor of the Church, said that, “Ignorance of the Scripture, is ignorance of Christ.” I wonder therefore, which Christ and what scriptures have inspired this new bible?
-Eddie Russell FMI
*THE TWELVE POINTS OF ADAPTATION FOR THE INDIAN RITE MASS-WAS A FRAUD PERPETRATED ON INDIAN CATHOLICS?
THE PAGANIZED CATHOLIC CHURCH IN INDIA-VICTOR J F KULANDAY
4 DECEMBER 2013
THE ONGOING ROBBERY OF FAITH-FR P K GEORGE FEBRUARY 2009/OCTOBER 2012
THE NCB SERIES
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 01-A CRITIQUE JULY 14, 2008
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 02-THE PAPAL SEMINARY, PUNE, INDIAN THEOLOGIANS, AND THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS 18 SEPTEMBER 2008/SEPTEMBER 2009/APRIL 2012
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 03-A FRENCH THEOLOGIAN DENOUNCES ERRORS IN THE COMMENTARIES FEBRUARY 24, 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 04-THE ONGOING ROBBERY OF FAITH FEBRUARY 24, 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 05-THE ANGEL GABRIEL DID NOT APPEAR TO THE VIRGIN MARY MARCH 15, 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 06-PRESS REPORTS AND READERS’ CRITICISMS MARCH 22, 2009/DECEMBER 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 07-UNPUBLISHED LETTERS AGAINST ITS ERRONEOUS COMMENTARIES-THE EXAMINER MAY 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 08-LETTERS CALLING FOR ITS WITHDRAWAL 31 DECEMBER 2008/DECEMBER 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 09-LETTER TO THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH APRIL-MAY 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 10-CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SECULAR MEDIA, AND WITH PRIEST-CRITICS OF OUR CRUSADE AGAINST ITS ERRORS MAY 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 11-VATICAN HELD RESPONSIBLE, BRAHMIN LEADERS DEMAND ITS WITHDRAWAL JUNE 25, 2009/DECEMBER 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 12-LETTERS TO ROME JUNE 2009/AUGUST 2013
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 13-RESPONSES FROM THE BISHOPS AND THEIR EXECUTIVE COMMISSIONS AUGUST 2009
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 14-UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX GREEK CATHOLIC BISHOPS CALL IT A NEW AGE BIBLE, “EXCOMMUNICATE” INDIAN BISHOPS
MARCH 2010/APRIL 2012
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 15-DEMAND FOR ORDINATION OF WOMEN PRIESTS-FR SUBHASH ANAND AND OTHERS
APRIL 2010/JULY 2010/APRIL 2012/17 MARCH/10 APRIL 2013
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 16-CRITIQUE BY DERRICK D’COSTA
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 17-EXTOLLED BY CAMALDOLI BENEDICTINE OBLATE 1/5/10 MAY 2013
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 18-REVISED EDITION COMING, ST PAULS IN DENIAL JULY 2010/DECEMBER 2011
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 19-REVISED EDITION PUBLISHED A YEAR AFTER DENIAL JULY 2010/DECEMBER 2011
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 20-HALF-TRUTHS FROM CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS 28 JUNE 2013
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 21-INDIAN CHURCH’S SYNCRETIZED BIBLE EXPORTED 7 MARCH/6/9/24/30 MAY/5 JUNE, 2013
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 22-BISHOP AGNELO GRACIAS DEFENDS IT YET IT IS PULLED FOR REVISION FEBRUARY 2015
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 23-EDDIE RUSSELL CALLS IT A HINDUISED HERETICAL BIBLE FEBRUARY 2015
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 24-WHAT WERE THE REVISIONS MADE IN IT FEBRUARY 2015
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