Argentina's Roman Catholic bishops have been meeting to discuss a controversial Spanish-language edition of the bible.
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Background: Argentina's Roman Catholic bishops have been meeting to discuss a controversial Spanish-language edition of the bible.
SYNOPSIS: Sixty of the country's 81 Catholic bishops met for a week at the San Miguel retreat house, west of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.
Afterwards, the secretary of the meeting, Father Roberto Berg, announced that the bishops had decided to publish a supplement to the bible edition, which was first issued in 1972. He said the supplement, which was being drafted, would salvage the many positive aspects of the Latin American bible. Although the edition is a standard translation, it includes controversial pictures and commentaries which had been described as 'sacreligious' and 'Satanic' by Archbishop Idelfonso Sansierra of western San Juen Province.
The edition was banned in some provinces, but welcomed in others.
Although the content of the supplement is not yet known, the bishops said it would allow prudent and adult readers to properly handle the bible. Some bishops suggested Pope Paul should be consulted, but he asked the bishops to decide amongst themselves.