Protestants, Catholics, Jews Urged to Approve Bible Reading in Schools

A suggestion that Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders get together to approve a mutually acceptable version of the Bible for use in public schools, was made at the three-day annual meeting of the National Council of Churches Committee on Religion and Public Education held here.

Taking part in a panel discussion on the version of the Bible that should be used in states where daily Bible readings are required or permitted in the public schools, the Rev. Walter Abbott, editor of religion and humanities of the Jesuit weekly “America,” said that he sees eventually a “common translation of the Bible acceptable to all faiths.”

Predicting that it would take 25 years for this to come about, he called in the meantime for Protestant, Catholic and Jewish authorities to approve acceptable passages for use in the public schools. He asserted, “I’m sure this could be done.”

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