US Bishops, Biblical Association in Dispute over Royalties

By Filteau, Jerry | National Catholic Reporter, August 20, 2010 | Go to article overview

US Bishops, Biblical Association in Dispute over Royalties


Filteau, Jerry, National Catholic Reporter


WASHINGTON * Unilaterally ending a relationship that goes back more than four decades, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has stopped paying the Catholic Biblical Association of America its traditional 25 percent share of royalties for the New American Bible and other publications that use that translation.

The bishops' decision, in effect for the past two years, has deprived the association of hundreds of thousands of dollars--funds it has used in previous years to support a wide range of biblical scholarship and research in the United States and abroad.

NCR learned of the bishops' action from a Catholic Biblical Association scholar, who wished not to be identified, just before the association's 2010 meeting in Los Angeles in early August.

Since then NCR has learned that the association has filed an in-church legal action--a conciliation process apparently under Canon 1733.1 of the Code of Canon Law--to seek to reverse the bishops' decision and restore the royalties without going to court over the issue.

For the future, the bishops' conference is seeking to reduce the association's share of New American Bible income from 25 percent of royalties to a lower amount and to put a time limit on them. In the meantime, since 2008 it has halted all royalty distributions to the biblical association entirely. The association is contesting both decisions in the conciliation process.

At stake for the biblical association is not only what Bible scholars can seek as remuneration for their work on a translation project (in this case, not just the minor stipends they received individually for their new Bible translations but mainly for the organization that coordinated their work), but also whether they can be assured that prior agreements with the U.S. bishops will continue to be honored.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sandra Schneiders of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in California, who just completed her term as association president at the latest convention, told NCR Aug. 5 that the cutoff of royalty payments and the bishops' attempt to reduce them sharply for future years has provoked wide concern among the association's 1,500 members.

"Yes, the bishops need money to carry out their ministry in the church," she said, "but we also need money to carry on our ministry, and it's very important."

Schneiders and the association's executive secretary, Benedictine Fr. Joseph Jensen of The Catholic University of America, said that among other things, the royalties subsidize the publication of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly--which Schneiders described as "probably the premier Catholic biblical journal in the world."

Schneiders said the royalties have also been funding annual visiting professorships by U.S. scripture scholars at the world's two pontifical biblical institutions--the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. Such visiting professorships bolster the academic programs at the two universities and at the same time offer leading U.S. scripture scholars invaluable global contacts.

Additionally, the association's Web site advertises four yearly scholarship grants for doctoral students in biblical studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley in California, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and Fordham University in New York. Each grant is to include full tuition at the institution plus a $15,500 stipend--for a probable total of between $100,000 and $150,000 a year for the four scholarships combined.

A CBA Memorial Stipends program advertised on the Web site offers up to 12 $4,000 stipends a year to assist financially needy students who have separate tuition scholarships in doctoral programs of biblical studies, for a total of nearly $50,000 a year.

Schneiders said that the association also subsidizes attendance to its convention for biblical scholars from abroad, especially from Third World countries, who otherwise could not attend the event--the world's largest and most diverse annual Catholic gathering of scripture scholars. …

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