The Word of God Today

From the fifth to the 26th of October, representative bishops from around the world will meet in Rome for the 12th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, the body proposed by the Second Vatican Council for ongoing discussion of challenges facing the church. This years topic will address a yet uncompleted reform of the council: to make the Scriptures truly, "the churchs book," known, prayed and studied by the whole church.

The formal topic of the meeting is "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." In this issue, America has asked six well-known church leaders and scholars to write about aspects of making the Bible central to Catholic life.

We hope this special issue will whet the appetite of readers for the work of the synod and encourage them to explore still other dimensions of the theme, including the Word of God in culture and history, as well as in the faith of other Christian believers.

"Nourished and Ruled by Sacred Scripture," Richard J. Sklba

"The Original Testament," Richard J. Clifford

"A Hymn With Many Voices," John R. Donahue

"Sowing the Word," Pheme Perkins

"Ever Ancient, Ever New," John B. Klassen

"From Council to Synod," Ronald D. Witherup

Drew Christiansen, S.J., previews the synod on our weekly podcast.

8 years 7 months ago
Here's a radical suggestion for the Church in their quest for increasing Catholics' familiarity with Sacred Scripture: try putting the missals with the liturgy of the word back in the pews! The last two parishes which I've belonged to both eliminated missals. The first relented after feedback from the parishioners and began supplying them again. Both parishes have no problem supplying very substantial and plentiful music hymnals in all of the pews.

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Pope Francis listens to a question from Vera Shcherbakova of the Itar-Tass news agency while talking with journalists aboard his flight from Cairo to Rome April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The situation in North Korea, he added, has been heated for a long time, "but now it seems it has heated up too much, no?"
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets children dressed as pharaohs and in traditional dress as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Francis took the risk, trusting in God. His decision transmitted a message of hope on the political front to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, who are well aware that their country is today a target for ISIS terrorists and is engaged in a battle against terrorism.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House on March 24 after the American Health Care Act was pulled before a vote. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Predictably Mr. Trump has also clashed with the Catholic Church and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on many of the policies he has promoted during his first 100 days.
Kevin ClarkeApril 28, 2017