The RC's have announced that not everything in the Bible can literally be true. A remarkably progressive stance for them to take despite the fact they continue to turn back their clock on gays, evolution and other matters under the ulra-conservative Ratzinger.
"As examples of passages not to be taken literally, the bishops cite the early chapters of Genesis, comparing them with early creation legends from other cultures, especially from the ancient East. The bishops say it is clear that the primary purpose of these chapters was to provide religious teaching and that they could not be described as historical writing.
Similarly, they refute the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible, in which the writer describes the work of the risen Jesus, the death of the Beast and the wedding feast of Christ the Lamb. The bishops say:
“Such symbolic language must be respected for what it is, and is not to be interpreted literally. We should not expect to discover in this book details about the end of the world, about how many will be saved and about when the end will come.”
I bet this gives fits to the crazy Dobson crew in the US, and to the ID proponents everywhere.
Sweet - I never thought the Catholics would step up and admit something that is obviously TRUE - it just never occurred to me that it was in them.