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Hiding the Bible from the People?

Q. Has the Catholic Church tried to keep the Bible from the people? I read that the Church tried to keep the Bible in Latin, which is unintelligible to most people; and that the Church has burned translations in the vernacular (the language of the people).

A. Catholic bishops, priests, and laypeople kept copies of the Bible safe — often at the cost of their lives — during the centuries of persecution when pagan Roman emperors decreed that all Christian sac