Question from jim on 2/26/2008:
Because of the soon to be released complete Orthodox Study Bible, I have ordered a copy so that I can have a Bible that includes all the books used by Eastern Catholics (our Old Testament canon is the same as the Orthodox). However, I'm somewhat weary of the anti-Catholic bias that is sure to be included. Is there any chance of a Catholic Bible being published which includes our books not included in the Latin canon? Are there any plans for such a project, and if not, what would it take to get one started?
Answer by Fr. John Echert on 2/27/2008:
I am not aware of such a project and can only imagine it would be done for one of two reasons: as an "ecumenical project" or as an edition for scholars and a few others with your interest. Problem is that with an "ecumenical" edition you will find bias as well and who knows if there is enough market for a scholarly edition. On the whole, however, I would not expect a Catholic publisher to pursue this because it would lend confusion to your typical Catholic who would not distinguish between canonical works and the others.