Religion: New New Testament

Refuting the oft-repeated libel that Roman Catholics are not allowed to read the Bible, the Holy Name Society will start a drive next week to put a new New Testament into all the 4,500,000 Catholic homes in the U.S.

Occasion of the drive is the first authorized Catholic English-language revision of Holy Writ since 1749, a simplified text which omits inverted phrases and archaic word forms, changes "tidings" to "news," "concupiscence" to "lust," "wilderness" to "desert," "bier" to "stretcher." Even the words of the sign of the cross, with which every Roman Catholic begins and ends his prayers, have been changed—the...

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