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 “The Scriptures indeed is a divine book but it is a dead letter, which has to be explained, and cannot exercise the action which the preacher can obtain.” [Our Priesthood, by Rev. Joseph Bruneau, S.D.D., p 155, B. Herder Company, 1911 (“nihil obstat” by M.F. Dinneen, S.S.,D.D. -Censor deputatus, “imprimatur” by James Cardinal Gibbons – Archbishop of Baltimore, “Re-Imprimatur” by Michael J. Curley -Archbishop of Baltimore). ]

 “…(The Bible is) A dead and speechless book.” [Bertrand L. Conway, Question Box, p 67, The Columbus Press, 1913.]

 “The simple fact is that the Bible, like all dead letters, calls for a living interpreter.” [The Faith of Millions, by Rev. John A. O’Brien, Ph.D., LL.D., p 155, published by Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Ind., 1938, (“nihil obstat” by Rev. T. E. Dillon-Censor Librorum and “imprimatur” by John Francis Noll, D.D. -Bishop of Fort Wayne). ]

 “We confess that the Holy Scripture is imperfect and a dead letter until it is explained by the Supreme Pontiff and allowed by him to be read by the laity.” [Roman Catholic Confessions for Protestants Oath, Article XXI, (Confessio Romano-Catholica in Hungaria Evangelicis publice praescripta te proposita, editi a Streitwolf), as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.]

 “It is the Church, the holder of Tradition that gives life to the dead letter of Scripture. Experience shows that it is only in the life of the Church, the Bride of Christ, that Scripture, divinely inspired as it is, becomes ‘living and effectual, and more piercing than any two-edged sword’ (Heb 4:12)” [-A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture [edited by Dom Bernard Orchard], 1951 (pg. 2) ]