Magazine article The Christian Century

Catholic Bishops Remove 'Booty' from the Bible

Magazine article The Christian Century

Catholic Bishops Remove 'Booty' from the Bible

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Catholic bishops have kicked the "booty" out of the Bible. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has brought about a new translation of the Bible, one it says is more accurate, more accessible and more poetic.

Booty, a word that sets off snickers in Sunday school, has been replaced by spoils of war in the newest edition of the New American Bible, the English-language Catholic Bible.

"We needed a new translation because English is a living language," says retired auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee Richard Sklba, part of the NAB review and editing team. The new version, updated from the 1970 edition, was published March 9.

While Catholics may read from any of two dozen English translations, the New American Bible is the one used by U.S. bishops for prayer and study. It can take decades for the Vatican to approve the scriptures to be read during mass.

One change that may set off alarms with traditionalists is in a passage that many Christians believe foreshadows the coming of Christ and his birth to a virgin. …

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