The Vatican Took down the Bible from their web site!

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The Vatican Took down the Bible from their web site!



Pres­i­dent Merkin Muf­fley:
Gen­tle­men, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Wor­ry­ing and Love the Bomb (1964)

I was in the process of writ­ing a blog post about par­ent­hood on the occa­sion of my old­est son’s birth­day and I wanted to fin­ish by quot­ing St. Paul in scrip­ture so I hit my book­marks to the psalms as the quick­est way to access the bible on the vat­i­can and got this message

My first thought was they finally fixed The Psalm sec­tion which was a pain in the neck so I went to my base link on the blog, clicked on the Bible which goes to the index page and got the same thing.

I fig­ured the vat­i­can site might be down but when I clicked on it, it came up nor­mally so I looked for the link to the bible and didn’t see it where it had been before. Look­ing at the main page I found a ref­er­ence link which had a page with a link to the Cat­e­chism of the Catholic Church , Canon law and some new links I hadn’t seen before includ­ing COM­PENDIUM OF THE SOCIAL DOC­TRINE OF THE CHURCH writ­ten by the Pon­tif­i­cal Coun­cil for Jus­tice and Peace. But at the top of the list was The Bible. So I clicked on the link fig­ured I’d have to update my book­marks and saw this.…

Here is the text if you can’t read the screen shot:

“The Holy Bible is avail­able in almost every lan­guage on earth: the Epis­co­pal Con­fer­ences take care of the con­tin­u­ous updat­ing of the trans­la­tions. In order to have access to the lat­est Bible ver­sion, kindly con­sult the web­site of your Epis­co­pal Con­fer­ence. “

Seri­ously you’re the vat­i­can and you TOOK THE &(#$(@(% BIBLE OFF YOUR WEB SITE! You actu­ally think it’s more impor­tant to carry a 13-​year-​old doc­u­ment by the Pon­tif­i­cal Coun­cil for Jus­tice and Peace avail­able for vis­i­tors than the Bible?

What on earth is going on in Rome?

Clos­ing thought. There is only one thing more fright­en­ing to me han the thought that the Bible was removed from the Vatican’s web site with­out Pope Fran­cis knowl­edge and approval. The idea that it was.

UPDATE: I decided to see how easy it is to find the bible on the US Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops Web­site. For­tu­nately there is a front page link that looks like this:

The first two choices take you the read­ings from Today’s mass in either Eng­lish or Span­ish, the third choice Books of the bible brings you to both a list and a link to each chap­ter of each book of the bible (and in terms of Psalms is far supe­rior to the old vat­i­can ver­sion which had no link to indi­vid­ual Psalms just to the book that started you on #1 which was a real pain in the neck).

Let’s hope all the other con­fer­ences world­wide are just as diligent.

I still think pulling the Bible from the Vat­i­can web site is a hor­ri­ble idea both in terms of prac­tice and in terms of optics.

Update 2: I guess the 1st print­ing of my book is now a collector’s item as it con­tains these words in the intro­duc­tion that will have to be revised:

As might be expected I will be quot­ing scrip­ture exten­sively through­out. All scrip­ture used comes directly from the Vat­i­can Web Site (http://​www​.vat​i​can​.va/​a​r​c​h​i​v​e​/​E​N​G​0839​/​_​I​N​D​E​X.HTM) unless oth­er­wise noted, so that if you have access to the inter­net, you can con­firm the quotes you see.

If you are read­ing an elec­tronic ver­sion of the book you will find some hyper­links embed­ded to both scrip­ture and some other items.

I guess I’ll have to fix those para­graphs and redi­rect the links in the elec­tronic ver­sion when I get a chance. I guess you’d bet­ter buy the book now while you can.

Update 3: Can’t help but think­ing of Dr. Strangelove

Gen­tle­men you can’t read the Bible here, this is the Vatican!

Update 4: Added the text of the screen shot

Update 5: Sub­scriber Richard Shu­ford reminds me that the inter­net and more specif­i­cally the Way­back Machine is for­ever and while the July 5th cap­ture showed the bible gone the June 6 2017 cap­ture still has the main page but I’m link­ing the Jan 31st 2017 ver­sion which has all the pages there avail­able and readable.

Per­haps I should pro­vide a per­ma­nent link but the real story is this.

For at least 11 days the Bible has been gone from the vat­i­can web site. This is a news­wor­thy story and yet I’ve seen no report­ing on this other than mine. That means not a sin­gle mem­ber of the press in the world has attempted to access the bible online there in that time.

I’d like to say that’s a sur­prise, but that would be a lie.

Update 7: Scrip­ture is back at the Vat­i­can site but Beware of the Leop­ard!


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President Merkin Muffley:
Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

I was in the process of writing a blog post about parenthood on the occasion of my oldest son’s birthday and I wanted to finish by quoting St. Paul in scripture so I hit my bookmarks to the psalms as the quickest way to access the bible on the vatican and got this message

My first thought was they finally fixed The Psalm section which was a pain in the neck so I went to my base link on the blog, clicked on the Bible which goes to the index page and got the same thing.

I figured the vatican site might be down but when I clicked on it, it came up normally so I looked for the link to the bible and didn’t see it where it had been before. Looking at the main page I found a reference link which had a page with a link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church , Canon law and some new links I hadn’t seen before including COMPENDIUM OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH written by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. But at the top of the list was The Bible. So I clicked on the link figured I’d have to update my bookmarks and saw this….

Here is the text if you can’t read the screen shot:

“The Holy Bible is available in almost every language on earth: the Episcopal Conferences take care of the continuous updating of the translations. In order to have access to the latest Bible version, kindly consult the website of your Episcopal Conference. ”

Seriously you’re the vatican and you TOOK THE &(#$(@(% BIBLE OFF YOUR WEB SITE! You actually think it’s more important to carry a 13-year-old document by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace available for visitors than the Bible?

What on earth is going on in Rome?

Closing thought. There is only one thing more frightening to me han the thought that the Bible was removed from the Vatican’s web site without Pope Francis knowledge and approval. The idea that it was.

UPDATE: I decided to see how easy it is to find the bible on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Website. Fortunately there is a front page link that looks like this:

The first two choices take you the readings from Today’s mass in either English or Spanish, the third choice Books of the bible brings you to both a list and a link to each chapter of each book of the bible (and in terms of Psalms is far superior to the old vatican version which had no link to individual Psalms just to the book that started you on #1 which was a real pain in the neck).

Let’s hope all the other conferences worldwide are just as diligent.

I still think pulling the Bible from the Vatican web site is a horrible idea both in terms of practice and in terms of optics.

Update 2: I guess the 1st printing of my book is now a collector’s item as it contains these words in the introduction that will have to be revised:

As might be expected I will be quoting scripture extensively throughout. All scripture used comes directly from the Vatican Web Site (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM) unless otherwise noted, so that if you have access to the internet, you can confirm the quotes you see.

If you are reading an electronic version of the book you will find some hyperlinks embedded to both scripture and some other items.

I guess I’ll have to fix those paragraphs and redirect the links in the electronic version when I get a chance.  I guess you’d better buy the book now while you can.

Update 3:  Can’t help but thinking of Dr. Strangelove

Gentlemen you can’t read the Bible here, this is the Vatican!

Update 4: Added the text of the screen shot

Update 5: Subscriber Richard Shuford reminds me that the internet and more specifically the Wayback Machine is forever and while the July 5th capture showed the bible gone the June 6 2017 capture still has the main page but I’m linking the Jan 31st 2017 version which has all the pages there available and readable.

Perhaps I should provide a permanent link but the real story is this.

For at least 11 days the Bible has been gone from the vatican web site. This is a newsworthy story and yet I’ve seen no reporting on this other than mine. That means not a single member of the press in the world has attempted to access the bible online there in that time.

I’d like to say that’s a surprise, but that would be a lie.

Update 7: Scripture is back at the Vatican site but Beware of the Leopard!


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