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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ecumenical relationship between the American Bible Society (ABS) and the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of the reforms brought to the Church during Vatican II. The Vatican Council allowed Catholics to start working with Protestants on Bible translations. This chapter concentrates on the relationship between the ABS leadership and Walter M. Abbott, a Jesuit priest and writer who was appointed by the Vatican to foster cooperation between Protestants and Catholics around the beliefs and distribution of the Bible in the United States and around the world. This was a major step for the ABS, especially in light of its history of anti-Catholicism and the resistance it would receive from some of its constituency.

Keywords:   Bible, Protestants, Catholicism, Walter Abbott, Vatican II, Laton Holmgren, Pope Paul VI, Pope John XXIII, anti-Catholicism

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