Even those sources that are not obviously anti-Catholic get much wrong because Protestants have been trading bad information back and forth to each other for hundreds of years.
I don't doubt that, knight.
Still, I've never met a Catholic who even claimed the slightest knowledge of the Bible, or who thought it important that they should. They tell me they pretty much count on the church to tell them.
There's a beautiful new cathedral here in Los Angeles, and I went in a couple of years ago just to check it out. Turns out there was a Mass going on at that very moment, and the priest looked very familiar. Lo and behold, it was Cardinal Mahony. And as a part of his short sermon, he admonished the people to read their catechism and keep up with the news regarding church developments. I was shocked when he said something like "The Bible's good, but it's so hard to understand. It's much easier to follow the church creeds. Or just ask your parish priest, he will help you out."
I doubt you'll find that in writing in any official church publication, so plainly. But that was the straight scoop from the guy who some believe may eventually become the first American pope.
I find it hard to believe for several reasons...
1. If you were at a Mass you must have noticed the entire first part of the Mass, every single Mass, is the Liturgy of the Word, the Bible
. The entire Bible is read in the course of about three years in every Catholic Church, at every Mass, throughout the world. Sacred Scripture
and Sacred Tradition are the literal definition of the Deposit of Faith that is
2. I'm a Catholic convert of 30 years now who has travelled and worshipped around the world and I have never in my life encountered what you have ascribed to Catholics or Catholicism.
3. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is
the Bible laid out as instruction. The Catechism is just the instruction of that Scripture laid out by subject. It would be nonsensical to tell people to read their Catechism and not the Bible as the Catechism is
primarily a reference text of Scripture.
4. You can't possibly believe that the Los Angeles Cathedral is beautiful. It is a cardboard box...yuk! I doubt you just for that reason.
If you doubt what I have said, go to any Catholic board similar to this and post your same charge that you do here. I would be interested in seeing the response to that from actual faithful Catholics.