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New Catholic Bible deletes ‘cereal,’ ‘booty’ and ‘holocaust’

By David Edwards
Monday, February 7, 2011 12:17 EDT
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It’s not the first time Catholics have tried to modernize the Bible but it may be the oddest.

The New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), which was set to make its debut on Ash Wednesday, March 9, aimed to make the text easier to understand by making a number of little tweaks, both subtle and obvious, in hopes of making it easier to read. Among them, deleting the words “cereal,” “booty” and, oddly enough, “holocaust,” was said to have taken place to help people better understand scripture.

Catholic translations of the Bible go back to 1582 when the Douay-Rheims Bible was published. The first edition of the New American Bible was published in 1970.

“It will be like going from regular TV to high-definition,” Mary Elizabeth Sperry, associate director of New American Bible utilization for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, told Catholic News Service. “You’ll have the same programs but more clarity, more detail.”

NABRE was said to feature the first revised translation of the Old Testament since 1970. The Revised Edition also used a translation of the New Testament first published in the 1986 edition of the New American Bible.

The word “cereal,” originally referring to bushels of wheat, had been removed because of fears readers might confuse it for a breakfast food.

“Booty” had been replaced with “plunder” because it has also come to mean “buttocks” or “sexual intercourse.”

In what may be a sign of deference to Jewish history, the word “holocaust,” which has come to refer to only the specific period of history where millions of Jews were killed, had been replaced with “burnt offerings.”

The Catholic Church has had a somewhat spotted record when it comes to recognizing the Holocaust.

As millions of Jews were meeting their death in the 1940s, Pope Pius XII refused to condemn the killing on the grounds that the church remain “neutral.”

In 2009, Pope Benedict rescinded the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, a Holocaust denier.

“The announcement of the pope’s decision came not long after Swedish television aired an interview in which Williamson denied the existence of gas chambers and said no more than 300,000 Jews had died in Nazi custody,” Salon noted.

The Catholic Church recently received unwelcome news coverage when the Irish broadcaster RTE revealed what the Associated Press called a “smoking gun” letter that proved institutional complicity in untold thousands of reported sexual abuses.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Valentine/1277133078 Michael Valentine

    THE CHURCH.

    Sorry to say that it isn’t about the church but about Christ.

    THE CHURCH has gone the way of the Democratic Party. Neither seems very close to the people and should be replaced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rambotheshark Robin Cooper

    They still have a lot of bullshit to remove.

  • Anonymous

    HA !

    Yet ANOTHER (“new and improved” ??) version of “the unchanging, inerrant, and eternal Word of God”

    Christians will see no irony in any of this.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, oh! Them Cathewlics are holocaust deniers. Maybe it’s time for Israel to invade them and annex the Vatican. After all, they pose an existentialist threat to them.

  • Anonymous

    “The word ‘cereal,’ originally referring to bushels of wheat, had been removed because of fears readers might confuse it for a breakfast food.”

    . . . does this version do away with the words “corn flakes,” too ? Sad, really . . . .

  • Johnny Warbucks

    That seems to have happened several thousand years ago though.

  • Anonymous

    Intelligent, educated people are turning their back on the nonsense that passes for the Catholic Church these days. Of course Rome is dumbing things down to appeal to lesser-educated or simply illiterate people who might toss a few coins into the plate. Stained glass was the original outreach medium. Booty? Holocaust? And cereal? If that’s the best they can recruit, it’s time to do a fine condo conversion on all of those tax-exempt palaces. The dome of the Sistine would make one fine master bedroom suite. The Church is irrelevant to the study of the rehashed writings of “Christ.” Go home. Read them in your spare time. It’s literature, after all.

  • Anonymous

    Your comment is completely incoherent, JW. Too much Nyquil?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BATQTRSD53GBBRKC2ZELNTTE5I Hardy

    Now if all those priests can forget about “boy booty”!!

  • Anonymous

    Deck chairs, Titanic.
    During the Reformation, the Catholic Church (and Henry VIII) had William Tyndale strangled and burned at the stake after torture for translating the Bible from educated Latin into less-educated English. Now the Church is so desperate for market share they’re giving the Bible away. There’s a book here about the power of information.

  • Anonymous

    More editing by GOD?

  • Anonymous

    Where’s Monty Python when he’s needed?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KSCKXQ7NIC23VUL7GDUYTSJMVE patrickb

    When I first read the headline, I thought this was an *Onion* piece.

    Y’know, the christians and the muslims and the jews all arguably worship the SAME Invisible One True SkyGod™, who favors them over the others. So it seems that at bottom, all of our religious conflix are about “Naming Rights” to this Invisible One True SkyGod™.

    BUT I am ever so grateful that the RCs finally got their shit together with this rehashing of Stone Age and Iron Age myths. This will make them much more relevant and palatable for people living in the Digital Age. I’m sure that these editorial changes will make the moral authority of the Pope less laughable.

  • AnzaSummer

    Updating a fairy tale…again. Trying to make the fairy tale more relevant to the current generation of believers in fairy tales and superstition. I think your best bet would be to dump the entire text and go to video games where players can play god and destroy the evil non-believers, and Jesus can demand points and energy packs for healing the sick or he’d loose energy for creating fish. MMMMmmmm, never mind, I’m gonna program it myself and sell it to all these nuts. I’ll call it: The Bible Video Game: Understanding God. The holy simulation of the experiences of the Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • Anonymous

    Whew!!! Glad they cleared that up! I feel a whole lot better now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4R2P2BMMM5JTCYWGEU4YW6UWQ Dago T

    I can’t live w/out cereal.

    Or booty.

    Holocaust, not so much …

  • Anonymous

    You may only be half joking but it you gave your publishing company a xian enough sounding name you really could make a *lot* of loaves and fishes off the gullible -uh, I mean, “Faithful”. Best part would be when, after it really takes off and all the good little christian children (& the crucial 13-25 male demo) reach the highest level you lay on a guilt trip for all the evil they’ve done in the game that they toss their avatar over a cliff. It’d be the only way to win the game, you see…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4CAHYD4FGSIPEC64UFHIZRJVY Ex-Canuck

    Interesting name, Mythra… Is that the root of the word “myth”. Just asking….

  • DriveBy

    The Ever-changing Word Of God.
    Now let’s go fuck with some gays, in Jesus’ name…hey, where’s my baseball bat?

  • Anonymous

    It was ONLY 300,000? Amazing. Absolutely, the guy’s right, when it’s only 300,000 it’s just not significant enough for all the guilt and blame that followed. Jesus, what is it with these guys? And this from the mouth of a practising Catholic priest. I was under the impression that their “pro-life” stance meant that the taking of even ONE life was wrong. Apparently, that only applies to fetii. It’s quite OK to kill a few hundred thousand, especially if they’re not Catholic, I suppose. What frickin’ assholes these people are. Scum. Evil scum.

  • Anonymous

    What? Holocaust is now “burnt offerings”? So, Hitler, a Catholic, used Jews, homosexuals, and atheists as “burnt offerings.”

  • Anonymous

    Amazing, isn’t it? The True Immutable Word of Dog gets revisions every century or so, and apparently god is too weak to protest this human interference.

  • Anonymous

    That’s why the Church is working hard to hold on to its power in Asia and Africa, among the gullible poor who can be bullied into submitting to its “divine” authority.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Your comment is completely stupid as is usually the case when one speaks straight out of their ass, has nothing valid to say but still opens their piehole just for the hell of it.

  • Anonymous

    What a brilliant idea! If the Israelis and the Catholics are busy squabbling over the immense wealth of the Church, maybe they’ll leave the poor Palestinians their goddamn farms and homes and a little peace to enjoy them.

  • Anonymous

    “german nazi pope”?………..remove holocaust…………humm? cereal…..remove cereal?…..
    OH! kids eat cereal……………. “german nazi child abuser pope”?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always seen it spelled “Mithras,” myself, but it’s well-known and documented that the story of “Jesus Christ” is an amalgam of the early myths of various monotheistic religions of the region. The myth of the Dying God (the god who dies and is reborn) is a very common agricultural myth that explained the seasons that a rural cultivator lived by in those times. At the end of its life, the god (that is, the spirit that caused the crops to grow) would “die” in the winter (when all green things stop growing) and then when spring returned, the god would be reborn, as shown by the quickening life in all growing things. Amusing, really.

  • Anonymous

    According to some “orientalists” they believe the Old Testament was written after the New Testament as evidentiary proof for the Old Testament. But then orientalists have been known to claim that without air, water and sunlight there can be no life.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Perhaps, the Germ with the stupid comment down here can send a cable straight to Tel Aviv and alert them.

  • Anonymous

    John Stewart is gonna just ruin these chumps, again. Can’t wait!!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I often confuse cereal with cereal.

  • Anonymous

    Hah! It would be a delightful irony to watch the Israelis squabble with the Catholics, especially since we all know who’s got the superior firepower. Plus, it would be a fitting revenge for the Catholic Church’s abandonment of the Jews during the Holocaust.

  • kukisvoomchor

    As far as I can recall, “holocaust” was a general term referring to any mass slaughter or devastation. (And yes, you’ll also see “burnt offerings” in the dictionary.) Though I might have been a little slow on the uptake, the first time I heard it specifically applied to Hitler’s genocide was when the miniseries “Holocaust” aired in 1978. Obviously the Bible’s sources predate all of this by centuries, so as modern language evolves we need to make adjustments to accommodate that.

  • enorceht

    “The word “cereal,” originally referring to bushels of wheat…”

    and in ancient times they referred to what they ate in the morning as “tiny pieces of cardboard that have been genetically modified”

  • Anonymous

    This ‘article’ isn’t really about the new & old words in the Bible, is it? It’s about holocaust denial and the Catholic Church. In this regard I have a great quote from C. S. Lewis (Yes, the one who wrote the Narnia tales). Here it is:

    Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, “Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,” or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker.

    If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally, we shall insist on seeing everything God and our friends and ourselves included as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred. C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity Book III. Christian Behaviour 7. Forgiveness)

    End of quote. Now, how come no one is encouraging the ‘holocaust deniers’? Not only is it not encouraged, but actually forbidden. In many EU countries one actually goes to prison for doubting any aspect of the event.

    Go figure.

  • Guest

    What’s next, “Jesus,” “Christ,” “Mary,” “The Holy Ghost,” and “God”?

  • Anonymous

    No, they’re main characters. They will disappear only if they have contractual disputes.

  • http://liberaldefenderoffreedom.blogspot.com/ mikefromArlington

    This is just like in college when they change a few words and sell you the same book just to make a buck.

  • Anonymous

    Love God, follow your religion & leave the rest of us alone

    If Christians followed the Prince of Peace and the Sermon on the Mount, think of what a better world this would be. Somehow they got mixed up in politics and ruined everything.

  • Anonymous

    The Israelis could save the planet by going after Catholic priests instead of Palestinians.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    Sarcasm perhaps?

  • Anonymous

    You beat me to it! Sorry I didn’t see your post sooner.

  • Anonymous

    Myth: Origin mid 19th cent., from modern Latin mythus, via late Latin from Greek muthos.

  • http://www.lynchgraphics.com David Lynch

    I say delete the entire thing – the Bible is misinterpreted so often that it does more harm than good..

  • Anonymous

    ” . . . and Cain KNEW HIS WIFE” (Genesis ch. 4, v. 17)

    “knew his wife” GET IT ??? … nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

    One question that has come up over the years is … where did ol’ Mrs. Cain come from ? Well, not from the Garden o’ Eden, huh ? … otherwise there would’ve been a reference in Genesis to Adam and Eve making Play Dates for Cain with the young lady, monitoring their contacts so as to prevent unwanted pregnancies, etc.

    MY HUNCH: She came from a rival Creation, a coupla Gardens over (south ?)

    Anybody know what this-here new-fangled translation sez ’bout that-thar ?
    Thanks. I’ll take my answer off the air.

  • Anonymous

    Not another Bible Story! Who cares! “Eric Clapton is God!”

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Will the next version be published by NAMBLA?

  • Javaman

    damn…

    So, “the cereal, I got as booty during the holocaust” , is thought today to mean, “the breakfast food, I got as buttocks during the specific time in history.” Will now be replaced with, “The _____, I got as plunder during the burnt offiering”, if I were to use the new vernacular.

  • Jaimie11

    Holocaust – burnt offerings – BBQ

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M5FLH5JI4ZXJM422NAD6M5SS7U wc fields

    does that mean no more pictures of j-lo in my bible?
    and what about ‘weed’.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    Most religious people don’t bother themselves with this type of critical thinking. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Here’s another one for ya’:

    -The Savior was prophesied to have to be from the line of Abraham.
    -Lineage was via males
    -Joseph was from the line of Abraham
    -But…Mary was a virgin, remember?

  • David R Velasquez

    Dumbing down their religious document even further.
    Sure, why not?

  • Anonymous

    “Holocaust’ is a Greek word meaning ‘whole burnt (offering)’. It was used in the old Greek translation of the O.T. to refer to the Jewish religious practice of burning animals on altars as offerings to their God. Guess you didn’t know that?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Ha ha! I’d pay top dollar to see that dogfight (no offense to dogs).

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Sure, for as long as they don’t send those teenager boys in the IDF after the Cathewlic priests. If you know what I mean.

  • Anonymous

    Worse still, anything that fits their belief despite violating critical though is celebrated as proof of the strength of their Faith. It’s enough to make your head spin around.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    He/she is a troll. That’s all the know how to do to derail criticism.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha ha, it’s red! You know what is black, white, and red all over and has trouble getting thru a revolving door? A nun with a spear stuck in her head.

  • Anonymous

    They don’t have a TV station, though.

  • Anonymous

    They are trying to out-do the “Green Dragon.” That’s the Jehovah Witnesses bible that has hundreds of missing pages, verses. etc.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t they become “Catheters?”

  • Anonymous

    “You talkin’ to me?”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BVCIOPPYBYZ2UKU4FUMRYE4XGU Jeffrey K

    Mmmmm, God definitely loves him some BBQ. The smell of lightly burned meat is indeed pleasing to his galaxy sized nostrils.

  • dk504

    Oh yes the dear Catholic Church must dumb down the Bible so people will under stand. How tragic, despite how evil the Catholic Church is, scholarship has always been paramount in their eyes. It is tragic they have moved away from that stance.
    Theology is truly fascinating if you wish to learn, history, sociology, finance, government, everything that was happening was told in the bible. All you have to do is study.

    I did forget this Pope though he has been an enemy to truth from the day he was born, but I guess that is to be expected from a Nazi youth.

    I guess that is asking to much these days.

  • Anonymous

    Pas de problem, my friend! Just goes to show that great minds think alike. (Or is it “Small minds seldom differ?” I forget.)

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    Yes deny the fact that Most all the Nazi being Roman catholics pictures are worth a thousand words.
    They really thought that Hitler was gonna be the big enforcer for them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH4lSQMLVeU&feature=fvwrel

  • Johnny Warbucks

    No, Sirie, I wouldn’t do that to you. I’m talking to the idiot up there. The Zionist germ troll. You know the one.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to buy a copy the day it comes out, having been raised to be formal scholar of said primary text. Can’t wait to see how they redefined “rape”, “incest” and certain sex practices that don’t result in a pregnancy in order to make Men of the Cloth seem a little less guilty of evil and hypocrisy …

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    Hotel bibles make great doorstops and are excellent for camping. They are terrific for helping start a fire and serve as emergency toilet paper.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    no,G-d is Jewish, has to be Bob Dylan except for that Jesus thing he did for a while.

  • Anonymous

    I was just practicing my “Taxi Driver” impersonation………

  • Anonymous

    Easier to understand and easier to contol the flock. So stupid.

  • Anonymous

    and also for playing epic drinking games!

  • Anonymous

    The Bible 2.1 I think they are really trying to make some money selling an upgrade. No matter how it is edited it is still a fairy tale.

  • Anonymous

    And Judaism is matrilineal anyway. Or maybe that came later?

  • Anonymous

    Um–because there’s mountains of evidence, including the still-living eyewitnesses, that prove the Holocaust happened? And because wishing away the facts doesn’t work; even theologists like Lewis need to accept the world as it is and people as they are.
    “Something turns up” sounds like some wishful thinking to me. I don’t think you can use theology or philosophy to disprove a mountain of evidence. Not least of all because it helps people scorn the spiritual as in opposition to reality.

  • Anonymous

    How can anyone modify “the inerrant Word of God?” It’s blasphemous. Then again the entire concept of revising the Bible is so ridiculous as to be laughable.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but shouldn’t sarcasm have a point?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EZ4W5CDCIVXKIIKESYBN2EP6VE brian

    Have they addressed that goddamn hill of foreskins yet?!?!?!?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, JW. You’ve been stewing about this for hours. I’m sorry about the Nyquil crack. If your post wasn’t incoherent, why don’t you explain it for us?
    BTW, I’m no Zionist. And calling people who call you out “Zionists” is like calling people you don’t like “communists;” it suggests a lack of thinking.

  • Anonymous

    I’m speaking more to the lineage established in Matthew, used to establish Jesus’ claim to the throne of David. Luke goes through Mary, in order to establish Jesus as a Jew. Problem there is that Genesis refers to the seed of Abraham. Believe me, the lineage as reported in the Bible is every bit as inconstantly reported as the morals. I wasn’t trying to establish that this was the One Truth, I was just having a bit o’ fun with one of the conflicts in how the Church has compiled their documents since Nicene.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I get it now; it’s a slam about Israel’s defenders going after Iran’s Ahmedinejad. Except “the Catholics” (meaning the Vatican?) aren’t Holocaust deniers; the Vatican may have really liked them some Nazis back in the day, but they don’t deny the facts, and they’ve left the word out of the new Bible to avoid confusion. So, um, sarcasm fail.
    BTW, it’s “existential,” not “existentialist.” Guess I’m being a philosophy troll now, right?

  • Anonymous

    The entire Middle East could disappear tomorrow and it wouldn’t save the world. People are everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    The “holocaust” issue is total BS. The problem – obviously – IS that the word “holocaust” has become synonymous with the mass murder of Jews, as opposed to its original meaning, which WAS burnt offerings. Actually, I seem to remember that the word “holocaust” isn’t used in the previous edition of that Bible either, for precisely the same reason. One unfamiliar with the older meaning of the word can become confused over its use in the original context because the meaning has been superceded by the new context. It’s the same reason why we don’t see happy heterosexuals declaring themselves to be feeling “gay” or acting “gay” when they mean that they’re just being merry and it has no connotation of sexual orientation.

    Mr. Edwards, I am so seriously disappointed in your choice to use the last few paragraphs of this article to bash the Catholic Church on issues completely unrelated to the question of bible translation that I’m thinking of unsubscribing. Seriously, this is the sort of thing I expect from Fox News, which so often uses a news story as an excuse to make editorial comments on other matters completely unrelated. You have done discredit to an otherwise fine website by getting on a soapbox and taking your opportunity to talk about whether or not a bishop should have been excommunicated (last I heard Holocaust denial isn’t considered grounds for excommunication, so that wasn’t the basis for his excommunication). You have also ignored the context of Pope Pius XII’s reluctance to say much to the Nazis about the Jews, particularly since the Nazis lied to anyone who asked about even committing the atrocities and denied they were even happening, that the Nazis were in control of Rome from about 1943 on during the war which meant that they could invade Vatican City any time they wanted (where, it so happens, several priests were running a little Underground Railroad for escaped Allied prisoners and some Jews and others hiding from the Nazis) and therefore there was a natural reluctance to do anything which would piss them off, and that Pius was worried about what would happen to Catholics throughout Germany and Europe if he essentially declared war against the Nazis. Lots of people made unfortunate decisions during WWII because they lacked the ability to see the future and know just how bad it was going to be. If you want to talk about the Pope taking a “neutral” position maybe you ought to talk about the British and the Americans and other countries doing the same, and even about the Zionists in what was then Palestine failing to recognize and respond to the problem, either, or the Jewish community leaders in places like Poland who thought they could get along with the Nazis if they just complied with all their rules and so obligingly administered the Warsaw ghetto on their behalf.

    As to your decision to talk about the sex scandals – WTF? Seriously, HOW did this issue become part of a discussion of Bible translation? Are they related AT ALL to each other? Or was this just David Edwards making sure to remind everyone of why the Catholic Church sucks? Maybe it does, lord knows I’ve had my disputes with Mother Church, but I don’t like this kind of deliberate manipulation of the news to insert the reporter’s viewpoint about all things pertaining to the entity under discussion. You want to editorialize? Then write an editorial or opinion column and call it that. But don’t write a “news article” and insert all the crap you don’t like about the Catholic Church in the last half of it because you figured “why not?” when your decision took the article so far afield from the original story.

    If you’re going to call yourself a journalist, then be a journalist and not an opinion writer.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Makes a decent flyswatter in a pinch.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Or print it in perforated two-ply, extra-soft rolls.

    NOW AVAILABLE: Special Trinity(TM) three-ply edition.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Politics created the bible in the first place, n’est pas?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Rumor has it that Jesus is to be phased out and replaced by Sgt. Nick Fury.

  • Anonymous

    Burnt offerings? WTF? BURNT OFFERINGS?

    Oh yeah, BTW cereal is really mana from heaven. Its short for you get fed tomorrow

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQGKQEKOJIEFM5WBTNDXU6226I patcour

    You can roll one hell of a doobie with a page torn out ye ole Giddeon.

  • Guest

    The Church has blood and molestation on its hands. Its bible is part of a brain washing program to fleece the poor and make them satisfied with their miserable lot. An opiate to secure the position of the ruling class.

    “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich,” according to Napoleon.

    There is no big guy in the sky with a clipboard tracking everyone’s conduct, there wasn’t a Jesus, there was no immaculate conception, no resurrection and the pope is no more spiritual than anyone else.

    Finally, Pope Pius XII was a Nazi sympathizer as is Bishop Richard Williamson.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be the last one to try to defend the church against the abundance of crimes it has committed but the following is a total misrepresentation:

    [quote] As millions of Jews were meeting their death in the 1940s, Pope Pius XII refused to condemn the killing on the grounds that the church remain “neutral.” [end-quote]

    The Catholic encyclical “Mit brennender Sorge”, issued in 1937 by Pope Pius XI and written in part by Cardinal Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) was critical of the Nazi treatment of the Jews.

    Although read from every Catholic church pulpit in Germany, the Nazi press censored it.

    From Wikipedia: Hitler was furious and “vowed revenge against the Church”.

    In response, many priests were sent to concentration camps.

    While England, France and the US were appeasing the Nazis and refusing to allow Jews to immmigrate to their countries, what more would you expect a pope to do?

  • Anonymous

    Is this a copyright violation? Maybe home boys security needs to read this, if they read.
    There have been a number of holocausts. It is not exclusive to German Jews. Cambodia had one, the American indians could qualify for that term. The Palestinians are suffering one now. The catholics are cowardly to cede that word to jews. Is it to become like the numbers of famous game players, that the number is retired.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Hmmm, well just one more time the “immutable word of God” has been changed to suit other agendas. Oh well, no matter…it is all one big FAIRY TALE anyway. So they can omit Jesus, Mary or anyone else and it does not change the fact that the Bible is a myth.

  • Anonymous

    They insult us, implying that we are illiterate.

  • Anonymous

    And the plant you are rolling is given you by god.

  • Anonymous

    Long John Silver used it to make the black spot. I think the black spot is a custom that should come back. Are there black end pages in this new bible? (New Bible? Preposterous. Was there a new Palestinian Carpenter?)

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    to protect the priesthood of Heir Bormann as though he didn’t participate in the holocaust of holocausts.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And as people grow ever stupider will they just keep rolling back the language until its a “Bible For Idiots”?

    …oops… accidental redundancies are way funnier than planned ones.

  • Anonymous

    It may be a Hi-Def TV but the programming still sucks.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    Do ya have a link for that one?

    That’s one hell of a claim. Can you back it up some way without spreading horse shit?

  • Phil E. Drifter

    I agree. They’re trying to distance themselves from any mention of the word ‘holocaust’ to muddy the lines between themselves and Nazi (Catholic) Germany roasting teh jooz.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    WTF? Did you have an extra bowl of stupid this morning? Every time you give it a whack, it gets dumber and dumber. Look in front of your eyes (if you have any that is). Look at how many people got it. Still, you’re in the dark and looking for a black cat.

    Jesus! Save her from herself.

  • Anonymous

    “what more would you expect a pope to do?”
    How about not giving fleeing Nazis shelter and aid in their flight? How about making an official stand? How about excommunicating Hitler?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Yep. In addition to the extra bowl of stupid for breakfast, you also had an extra serving of stupid for lunch. And you get more and more incoherent with every post. Anybody else, would have been getting the hint and taking the honorable way out by now by simply keeping their piehole shut but such is the nature of ignorant. The more ignorant you are, the more you want to flaunt it.

    Keep on going. In a couple more posts, they’ll have to remove that foot from your mouth surgically.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    :)

  • Anonymous

    You are serious? You think there is a link that will say god made marijuana? And you would believe it? There are only two other sources for all plants on earth. Evolution or the devil. I take it you do not believe that god created heaven and earth? Unfortunately no living man can answer this, since none of was witness to the creation of marijuana. If you want to talk shit I’m not going to share with you.

  • http://twitter.com/VaginaHedgeFund Lloyd Blankfein

    — ” The word “cereal,” originally referring to bushels of wheat, had been removed because of fears readers might confuse it for a breakfast food.” —

    There’s an easier way to fix this without altering the original. Just add a footnote to the page explaining the etymology of the word. Once they’re informed they wont be afraid any longer.

  • Ma’at

    God doesn’t kill people, people with Gods kill people.

  • Anonymous

    Catholic teaching has always considered Christ as the Perfect Holocaust, the perfect offering for innocent blood for the sins of men. That hasn’t changed. Of course, Jewish Old Testament teachings have recognized holocausts since Abraham offered the ram in the thicket instead of his son Isaac.

    The term doesn’t “belong” to anyone. Contemporary pro-lifers talk about the holocaust of the unborn, innocent, defenseless children numbering some 52 million who died in the US alone since Roe v. Wade. Orwellian Newspeak need not apply. Words mean something, as Confucius insisted, and should not be manipulated.

  • Anonymous

    “Cereal” actually derives from the Goddess Ceres of the bountiful harvest.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, Jason, but myths can be true. Only in the modern jargon does it mean otherwise. Just ask Socrates.

    Of course, when we die, we’ll find out — right? Feel secure in your opinion? THAT secure?

  • Anonymous

    Actually, envy and lust for power drive a lot of people to kill their competition.

    Let’s wait until we die and see. Atheism is a temporary condition — it ends when you die.

  • Anonymous

    The pope was no more a Nazi youth than you were for being forced to go to school by truancy laws.

  • Anonymous

    The devil is laughing with you Denny! Beware bad company!

  • Anonymous

    Jesus was Jewish on His mother’s side.

  • http://twitter.com/VaginaHedgeFund Lloyd Blankfein

    That’s a good point and should be included in the footnote.

    I have a copy of Don Quixote translated by Tobias Smollett and the footnotes are rich with explanations for the reader. The book is hard enough to read without them and they provide much clarity for the reader to better understand the context and language of the day.

  • Anonymous

    Catholicism,and you thought scientology was a cult religion!

  • Anonymous

    I always thought it was!

  • Anonymous

    Jesus F’ing Christ, I think I see your point. Kinda like how Lord, Christ, Crucify, Risen, Miracle, Faith, Tradition, Lamb, Shepherd, Congregation and God really have no specific, heartfelt meaning to Catholics, at least none worth respecting since the words also have other meanings. Nobody “owns” a word and so no one should be offended by it’s misuse or appropriation. Clearly, even when eleven to seventeen million people were slaughtered and the memories of the even are still alive in those affected by it and all of our cultures, even then the words are just words with no special “ownership” to be respected by outsiders horrified by the suffering.and wishing to convey their sorrow.

  • Anonymous

    An even better reason to rid the Bible of it’s uncleanliness! No false idols or other gods, and all that stuff…

  • Anonymous

    Ooh, ooh! Pick me! I truly *am* that secure in my opinion and fact that we are merely animals, no different from others except for the capacity to think we are more important. I live each day to the fullest and try to give love and comfort whenever I can *because* of the certain knowledge that when my cells no longer respire, it’s over. You’d be amazed how much more tolerant and caring that realization can make you, and how much it opens your eyes to the wonders of life, nature and humanity.

  • Anonymous

    I’d expect him to trade sovereignty and land for letting Mussolini kill whomever he wished with no interference nor judgement.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    I was being polite when I called the Bible a myth. In fact it is a cruel hoax, a vestige of the darkest days of humanity. And it is used to justify every evil our species is capable of…which is virtually limitless. Yes, I am THAT secure in my opinion. Prove me wrong. You cannot. You are, of course, free to believe whatever makes you feel safe and comfortable.

    And not to discriminate…every other “religious” text is equally tainted.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, so is christianity. Funny thing is how much living many christians miss out on in the meantime, before their cells die. See, there is no “soul”. The concept was made up to control people. I for one prefer to live free and enjoy every moment for what it is and what I am.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Well said.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the bible couldn’t be altered??

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    A more relevant sentence: An even better reason to rid humanity of the Bible.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Excellent analysis. And I would add that the vast majority of religions teach people not to be good, for the sake of being good, and contributing to the benefit of humanity, but…like the mean selfish, greedy species we are…to get a REWARD for yourself. All this does is perpetuate the greed and evil which resides in the hearts of most “good” people. What rubbish religion is. And to underscore your comment…just because we think we are special, and constantly tell each other that we are special…does not mean one twit that, in fact, we really are special. If the Earth ceased to exist this very second the Universe would proceed as if it never existed.

  • Guest

    It won’t be what is in that bible – don’t fear.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    And don’t forget about all the help the church provided to the escaping Nazis…

  • Anonymous

    How do you choose which one can’t be altered?

  • Anonymous

    Well written footnotes are *so* truly underrated.

  • Anonymous

    Why does your post make me want to talk about overcooked, blackened oatmeal sitting on an altar somewhere and some imaginary deity saying, “Really? This is the best you could do?”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You don’t have to worship the Pope just because he pretends to be holy. – - Minne Castevets.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    And make money….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You are indeed stoned man.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a sadomasochist. There is no way in hell I would be sent to hell: I would have too much fun.

  • Anonymous

    This seems proof positive that god is dead otherwise he would have shot a lightening bolt up the editor’s ass for messing with his bible.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    If fact, he was. You know nothing of history. At that time, all boys in Germany, over ten years old, were required by law to be come Hitler youth. DUH

  • Anonymous

    You left out “science.” They tore that page out right before Galileo was sent into exile.

  • Anonymous

    I burn them all in my fireplace in the winter and let god sort them out when they come out of the flu.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Why not look to the future, and address the problems we will face as a species? Worrying about who said what to whom 2 fucking thousand years ago is patently stupid on its face.

  • Guest

    The one dimensional thinkers approve. You could literally change it to anything and they would believe it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Brown/690547972 Daniel Brown

    “Unfortunately no living man can answer this”

    Your words, Mr. Third_stone. So why did you say that after making the claim “the plant you are rolling is given you by god”? The two statements contradict each other. Either you know god gave us marijuana, or you don’t. But you act as if those are the only two options, either your god did it, or it can’t be known.

    So open a history book, and learn about all the things humans used to think was either god or unknowable, and look now to see how much we’ve learned. Lightning didn’t come from god. The stars aren’t the result of tiny pinholes in a black tarp around the sky. We’re not held up by a giant turtle. The world is not 6,000 years old.

    It’s true! Look it up!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MROIO4YW3QVNGL6LCFIPQODREM Kubuntu

    Here’s a link for you, John.

    WAS JESUS A STONER?
    http://hightimes.com/news/ht_admin/139

    “…holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus (30:22-23), contained over six pounds of kaneh-bosem, a substance identified by respected etymologists, linguists, anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis, extracted into about six quarts of olive oil, along with a variety of other fragrant herbs. The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.”

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure it was altered in the thousands of years it has existed, especially as it was being written.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JPZZDOZALQWJMBRDJZY3YNMZ3Q Robert

    Dummy, you just proved his point while thinking you were getting away with something LOL. Get ye olde dictionary out and look up the word ‘truancy’

  • Anonymous

    They call that “Lovin, Vatican style” and they have no intent to stop despite getting caught. Never had to before, no one is going to stop them now. They’ll just blame the victim and society.

    The one time I wish their cosmology were correct is when I think of the evil they’ve done.

  • Anonymous

    They have patently stupid faces. I seen ‘em. Helping humanity would only subtract from the need of the masses to follow the leader. Best to keep ‘em frightened and make a whole bunch of unprovable promises. Kinda like the dept of homeland security, only with robes and little pieces of toast and toys for the kids.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “As millions of Jews were meeting their death in the 1940s, Pope Pius XII refused to condemn the killing on the grounds that the church remain “neutral.”

    Where’s the idiot who thinks that Pius HELPED the Jews and that the NY Times has conspired to prevent anyone from finding out? Where are you, nut boy? You must be around here some place.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    It’s a translation, Sonny.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    It’s a translation. You DO understand that?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    So why do you insist on calling fetuses “children”? So, you think manipulating words is alright as long as the result agrees with your worldview?

  • parrots_abound

    Cereal? Booty?

    Captain Crunch just converted to Islam……yarrrrrrrrrr

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Cereal is made out of cereal, so where’s the problem? Nobody in the ancient world ate cooked cereal for breakfast? These translators must live awfully high on the hog if they don’t know what a bowl of oatmeal looks like..

  • Anonymous

    uh, so….
    They changes Booty to Ass, Cereal to Granola, and Holocaust to “that Hitler thing.”
    Next up, Jesus becomes “Jeebis” and we now call God “Herman.” Mary will now be known as simply Mama, while Mary Magdelena is now known as ” Da Ho.”

  • Anonymous

    Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute.

    That was a misreading – probably by some yahoo in the Church of Rome: a prostitute was discussed just before, if memory serves.

  • Anonymous

    You are joking, aren’t you?

    The bible has been rewritten numerous times – and it has changed every time, whether ‘updated’ or translated.

    The different religions/sects can’t even agree on how to number the ten commandments.

  • Anonymous

    They’re after me Lucky Charms!

  • Guest

    When truth of any kind has been deleted to protect the bullshit, then what’s a few words here and there.

  • Anonymous

    The Roman Catholic Church organization can be summed up by understanding that it is a creation of the Medici, Galeazzo and other powerful 14th, 15th and 16th century Italian mafia-like families

  • Anonymous

    So you think all those gods we have been worshiping are bunk? Do you have a link to prove that? Of course not. What we do know is that marijuana grows from the earth, and in its pure form as the flower is picked, gives man a pleasantly relaxed feeling with no proven detriment.
    I am broken hearted to hear that when I went to the mall for Christmas presents, there in fact was no mamon to be pleased with my purchases. I thought that whole thing was the worship of the god of money.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6AMTJV7IP3OMKIFNZWBBRMAGA CW Virginia

    Hitler wasn’t a practicing Catholic. Name one time he ever entered a Catholic church during his entire tenure as dictator. People at the Vatican gave people fleeing the Nazis shelter, including hundreds of fleeing airmen and prisoners of war who’d escaped the camps.

    FYI, the Nazis promulgated their own religion and it conflicted with Catholicism and Christianity, being based on a bizarre mythology of Aryan destiny.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t even realize this was someone who considered himself a journalist. The article is such a hack job (as you mentioned – editorializing about totally unrelated topics) that I assumed it was written by some mis-educated blogger.

  • Anonymous

    Individuals in every group did the wrong things during the Nazi regime. Read “Mit brennender Sorge” (it’s relatively short) which states the church position and then argue how the “church” was on the side of the Nazis.

    one quote:

    “None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race,”

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, yeah, yeah.
    But I’d like to know how the Beastie Boys are going to like a booty-free bible.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree about the ‘only animals that think’ part, and about the ‘more important part.’
    Ever been mugged by a cat? Ever been evicted by a dog? Come ON.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    Well my dog has tried to evict me from the couch many times. And as far as being mugged by a cat, try walking in the woods where there are cougars or tigers. There goes a couple more distinctions betwen men and other animals.

  • Anonymous

    fyi – The “original” wasn’t English.

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  • Anonymous

    Explain to me your hypothetical “trade”. The pope gives up “sovereignty and land” and what are you speculating he would get back in return?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QNP45TJWQXVTFVXLCS4YI6DFYA SwiftyRoo

    Seriously, who cares how the bible is written. there are so many different versions and all them claim superiority. But I am glad the Catholics are finally figuring out what the government already knew…. People can’t do for themselves anymore, everyone needs “clarity” and “HD” to survive and understand in this here world.

    I can’t wait though, they are coming up with the twitter/ texting version pretty soon!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Translation from what? There has never been an ‘original’ version. Yes, there must have been a first version, but that was just a version of other writings which were specious at best. The hand of man has muddled the Bible over the centuries to the point where it might as well have been written by infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters. Who’s to know what might, or might not, be true. Just thinkin’ . . .

  • Anonymous

    Who are you calling ‘Jesus boy’?

  • Anonymous

    “fyi – The “original” wasn’t English. ” *

    *obvious blasphemy. Not only was it English, it was American English. Southern American English to be exact.

  • Anonymous

    It’s pretty well documented that the Vatican came about when the Italian dictator gave the Church it’s land and the “right” to call itself and that patch of land sovereign. In return the Church allowed Mussolini pretty much free reign to do what he pleased. That’s the reason that even today, despite not being recognized as a bona fide country, the Vatican has a seat at the UN.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, the manipulation of the masses by those calling themselves “The Church” goes centuries farther back than the Renaissance. The Council of Nicea (and the white paper created as a result, the “Nicine Creed”) was truly the mark of things to come. Hundreds of disparate, older, often matriarchal and/or Nature based religious traditions were submitted by the Bishop local to that area and stuffed into a meat grinder in order to appease the political leaders of each region. Once everyone had their bit of Pork Barrel, Constantine I made it the law of his empire. Christians went from being hunted to being the hunters in a swift political move.

  • Anonymous

    Well let’s see he banned books that were critical of christianity and turned a meeting hall for freethinkers into a church. He worked to unify church and state, required school prayer, made being christian a requirement for the SS. He got his anti-Semitic laws and attitudes about women from Martin Luther. Oh and he repeatedly stated his believe in the christian god in his speeches and his story.

    I don’t see how his version of christianity conflicts with the others. I mean most of them have killed people for being of the wrong religion and sought to use secular government to push their agendas, etc. And have you seen paintings of the christian God, Mary, and Jesus? Do you know what race they are mostly portrayed as? Here’s a hint, it starts with an A and rhymes with “man”.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the agreement was to “remain neutral in international relations”. Not quite the same as allowing “Mussolini pretty much free reign to do what he pleased”. You can argue whether the church should be neutral in international relations (I’d prefer that it be totally neutralized), but saying that’s total support of Mussolini is a bit of a stretch.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I am joking, I get in to this argument all the time with my family.

  • Anonymous

    I refused to discuss religion at all with my family, after I scandalized them all by becoming an atheist in 6th grade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FWO6CE36MZZ4KPQV5XOZ4YQBDU Boarhunter A

    There were 6 reported cases of Pedophilia in the Catholic Church last year, and 9 the year prior.
    Yet, There were 260 Incidents in the Protestant Sects and Hundreds of Pedophilia Incidents in the Jewish Faith, not including the hundreds more, (Epidemic of Pedophilia) in Israel.

    Yet our media is biased…..

    Its interesting to study if 6 million people really die in a 2.5 car garage sized Vented Room by use of bug spray?

    What does David Irving or Ernst Zundel say? Or David Cole at Auschwitz who interviewed the manager?

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