Why don’t Catholics read the Bible?

Below is a decidedly devious explanation from a Catholic priest for why Catholics generallydb don’t read the Bible.

But let’s stop the nonsense. The MAJOR reason the Roman Catholic church has not promoted Bible reading down through the centuries is because there are many, many chapters and verses in the Bible that specifically contradict Catholic doctrine. It’s all about control. The Catholic hierarchy has always desired that it’s membership be entirely dependent upon them and their man-made traditions, which include their system of merited salvation.

So what are we to believe; God’s Word or the dictates of the Catholic pope and bishops? Accept Christ as your Savior and turn away from religious institutions which teach the false gospel that everyone who is “good” will merit salvation.

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” – Mark 10:18

“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” – Hebrews 10:11-14


Why don’t Catholics read the Bible?

By The Rev. Dwight Longenecker


November 17, 2015





5 thoughts on “Why don’t Catholics read the Bible?

    1. Longenecker’s flattering article obviously wouldn’t support my premise. But Jesus said God’s Word should be as important to our lives as our daily meals (Matthew 4:4). The 26% of Catholics who bother to attend weekly mass only get a very small smattering of God’s Word. The Catholic church downplays reading the Bible for good reason. When Catholics read the Bible they see the discrepancies between their church and God’s Word and many leave Catholicism for Evangelicalism.

      Christians are to meditate on God’s Word day and night (Psalm 1:2) but I would guess that the VAST majority of Catholics have no personal connection to Scripture and proceed throughout each day without giving much if any thought to it.


  1. Actually the Catholics that do attend daily Mass would be exposed to the entire bible in 3 years. The daily readings are on a 3 year cycle and this covers pretty much all of the bible. The Catholic Church encourages the faithful to read their bibles. The Church has written numerous times exhorting the faithful to embrace their bibles. Interestingly this is the 50th anniversary of Dei Verbum – an encyclical about the Word of God. You can find it on the Vatican website and read it. As for meditating on the scriptures, it has been a long time practice of Catholics to read and pray with the scriptures. This is known as lector diving (divine reading). You must not know very many Catholics.


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