"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ"--St. Jerome (Commentary on Isaiah)
Scripture study in the Catholic tradition is vital for spiritual growth and the pursuit of Christian perfection. "In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, 'but as what it really is, the word of God'." "In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them." CCC 104 Accordingly, the Catholic Studies Institute promotes the study of the Sacred Scriptures by recommending reliable resources for study, encouraging Scripture study faithful to the Church's magisterium, and by offering Bible studies in the Catholic tradition.
Bible Studies Conducted by the Institute
Genesis 1-3 (or 1-11)
--The Bible is not intended as a scientific textbook, but in recent decades that fact has been used to undermine the Church's traditional doctrine of creation. This is particularly troubling in the fact that the doctrine of creation and the Fall undergird the Church’s teaching on redemption and sanctification. This study reviews the biblical teaching on creation and surveys the Church's traditional teaching on the subject, as well as other important subjects found in the first chappters of the Book of Genesis.
The Gospel According to John--A survey of the writings of the Apostle John with particular emphasis on "Gospel-Centered Catholicism."
The Gospel According to Paul
--A survey of the writings of the Apostle Paul, his life and ministry, with particular emphasis on his teachings on the gospel, grace and faith.
Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Warfare and Christian Perfection in St. Paul's Writings
--A serious study of the Apostle Paul's teaching on ascetical theology--what it means to subdue the "old man" and put on the "new man."
Bible Study and the Church Fathers
--Both the Council of Trent and Vatican Council I taught that no one is permitted to interpret Sacred Scripture “contrary to the unanimous agreement of the Fathers.” It is therefore important to know how the Church Fathers approached the Scriptures. This study surveys the teaching of the Fathers on the Bible and Bible study.
Book of Ephesians
--Ephesians reveals to us the great mystery of the Church, which is the body of Christ. It also addresses such important topics as salvation by grace and the role of good works, predestination, mortification of the senses and relationships among the faithful.