And many of them that believed, came confessing and declaring their deeds. And many of them who had followed curious arts, brought together their books, and burnt them before all… (Acts 19:18-19)
JM + JD
Does Holy Mother Church encourage the burning of heretical books?
Many times Catholics are given heretical Protestant bibles by those agents of Protestantism in an effort to "convert" the Catholic to whatever flavour of "christianity" the Protestant belongs to. The question arises, what to do with Protestant bibles? If we look in the Catechism of Pope St. Pius X he gives us the answer:
32 Q: What should a Christian do who has been given a Bible by a Protestant or by an agent of the Protestants?
A: A Christian to whom a Bible has been offered by a Protestant or an agent of the Protestants should reject it with disgust, because it is forbidden by the Church. If it was accepted by inadvertence, it must be burnt as soon as possible or handed in to the Parish Priest.
33 Q: Why does the Church forbid Protestant Bibles?
A: The Church forbids Protestant Bibles because, either they have been altered and contain errors, or not having her approbation and footnotes explaining the obscure meanings, they may be harmful to the Faith. It is for that same reason that the Church even forbids translations of the Holy Scriptures already approved by her which have been reprinted without the footnotes approved by her.
We are to "reject it with DISGUST" and told that it must be burnt as soon as possible!
No doubt many if not all the Novus Ordo catholics will shudder at the very thought of burning the bible of our "separated brothers and sisters" however this command is very clear in the Catechism so,
the next time your friendly neighbourhood heretic hands you a bible have your kindling handy..