Volume I: Faith, Revelation and the Bible

Knowledge of Christ & Scripture

St. Jerome has said, “to be ignorant of Scripture is not to know Christ.”

Relevant documents of Popes from Pius IX to the present on this theme are included, along with the dogmatic constitution on faith and revelation, promulgated by Vatican Council I and Vatican Council II.

The great creeds formulated by early ecumenical Councils have not been included inasmuch as the most famous of these, the Nicene-Constantinople Creed, is familiar to all Catholics from the liturgy of the Mass every Sunday.


In this book will be found summaries of critically important documents on Faith and Divine Revelation issued by the Magisterium of the Church since the middle of the nineteenth century, when serious challenges to faith and revelation posed by the development of modern rationalism, skepticism and relativism faced Christ’s Church.

One of the purposes of this effort is to inculcate the use of the supreme guide in biblical studies to adhere closely to the Church’s teaching concerning the method of Scripture studies in clerical seminaries.

Because sacred theology is concerned with the defense and the elucidation of the Divine Books of Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Office desires that those whom Divine Grace has called Holy Orders should display greater diligence and industry in reading, meditating and explaining Scripture.

Table of Contents

  • Qui pluribus, Encyclical of Pope Pius IX on Faith and Religion, November 9, 1846
  • Quanta Cura, Encyclical of Pope Pius IX (Condemning Current Errors) December 8, 1864
  • Syllabus of Errors of Pope Pius IC, 1864 (full text)
  • Vatican Council I. Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith (Dei Filius), 1870
  • Providentissimus Deus. Encyclical Letter of Pope Leo XIII on the Study of Holy Scripture, November 18, 1893
  • Quoniam In Re Biblica. Apostolic Letter of St. Pius X on the Study of Holy Scripture In Clerical Seminaries, March 27, 1906
  • Decree of the Holy office, Lamentabili, 1907 (full text)
  • Pascendi Dominici Gregis. Encyclical of St. Pius X on the Doctrines of the Modernists, September 8, 1907
  • The Oath Against the Errors of Modernism of St. Pius X (from Motu proprio, “Sacrorum Antistitum”), September 1, 1910 (full text)
  • Spiritus Paraclitus. Encyclical of Pope Benedict XV on St. Jerome, September 15, 1920
  • Divino Afflante Spiritu. Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII on the Most Opportune Way to Promote Biblical Studies, September 30, 1943
  • Letter of Pontifical Biblical Commission to Cardinal Suhard Concerning the Time of Documents of the Pentateuch and Concerning the Literary Form of the First Eleven Chapters of Genesis, January 16, 1948
  • Humani Generis. Encyclical of Pope Pius XII concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine, August 12, 1950
  • Instruction of the Pontifical Biblical commission Concerning the Historical Truth of the Gospels, April 1, 1964
  • Vatican Council II, Dei Verbum, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, November 18, 1965
  • Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” by Pope Paul VI, June 17, 1971
  • Address of Pope Paul VI to the Pontifical Biblical Commission, March 14, 1974
  • Profession of Faith and Oath of Loyalty, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, February 25, 1989 (full text)


Lectio Divina Cordis

Divine Reading of the Heart


HEAR the words as you inwardly read  or speak

- Read -


ENTER  the silence to reflect on a core precept

- Meditate -


ANSWER to the knock at the heart's door

- Speak -


REST silently without words or thoughts

- Contemplate -


TRUST: “Do not let your HEART  be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”   (John 13:1)

 - Trust in the process -

Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It does not treat scripture as texts to be studied, but as the living word.

The focus of Lectio Divina is not a theological analysis of biblical passages but viewing them with Christ  as the key to their meaning.

Approaching the Magisterium Summaries from this perspective may lead to a deeper appreciation of its meaning and  an appreciation of how it may be applied to one's life.

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