Who Says Catholics Don't Read the Bible? An Interview with Sister Maria Suso

Who says Catholics don't read the Bible?

CMR buddy Brandon Vogt interviewed the woinderful Sister Maria Suso of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist (SistersOfMary.org).

They discuss her recent appearance on "The American Bible Challenge", a Scripture-based TV game show. Along with two other sisters, Sr. Maria captured victory in her TV debut and will soon move on to the semi-final round.

In this interview, Sr. Maria discuss here experience on the gameshow, the relationship between Catholics and the Bible, and why the sisters seem just so darn joyful.

Thanks to Brandon Vogt



  1. Whenever I hear this my response is "and so?" Protestants may read the Bible more but they misinterpret it and frankly, if you look at our country it doesn't seem to do them much good. The first Christians to accept divorce and contraception were Protestant.

  2. The Catholic church gave the bible to the world. The Protestants use something Catholic everyday.

  3. Dymphna,
    How would you know that Protestants misinterpret the Bible if your church has never officially interpreted it?
    Jesus allowed for divorce when adultery takes place. See Matt 19:9

  4. Jesus did not allow for divorce. he said clearly, "what God has joined no man (or woman) may pull asunder." You don't understand Matthew 19:9 whch is about a relationship with aconcubine, not a wife. The Catholic Church from the time of Peter has been entrusted by Jesus with the keys tot he Kingdom which means she is the only one who has been authorized to teach God's Word and interpret the Bible properly. Ignorance is a terrible thing, definitely not bliss!

  5. I think the "Catholics don't read the bible" is a weak argument.

    My father, born in 1930, would describe himself as a "blue collar slob". He did not graduate from college and worked in a skill trades and manual labor.

    I came across his bible from the 1940s and 1950s and it was filled with notes and underlines.

    The church, bishops and priests need to do more to encourage use to read and pray over scripture outside of Mass, though the "catholics don't read the bible" critique to me seems lazy and weak.

  6. I am a recent convert to the Church after a lifetime as a devout Protestant. I grew up in a Baptist church and it is true that back in the day we did a lot of Bible study. However, I do not think that is true anymore. On the other hand, I have a friend who has been advised by her Protestant mentor to stop reading the Bible because she has been exposed to so much misinterpretation.
    The one thing that I know for sure that, if you go to daily mass, you will be exposed to the vast majority of sacred scriptures every three years.

  7. Fortunately, I read the king James Bible while on sea duty with the U.S. Navy in WWII. On the way back from occupation duty in Japan in 1946, I visited St. Joseph's "Golden Cathedral" in Panama City, Panama with a Catholic friend. I was not looking for God, but when I entered the sanctuary.a strong presence surrounded me. I could scarcely breathe and was overwhelmed with awe and stunned silence. That was my introduction to the Catholic Church. After I recovered my senses, I don't think my friend was ever aware of what had happened.. When I started dating a Catholic girl Lori in 1948 that God apparently intended to be my wife, she introduced me to a great priest who brought me into the Church in 1949. I lost Lori in 2011. I am one Catholic who reads the Douay-Rheims Bible, and because I had read the King James Bible, I could spot its faulty. distortions. If you want to comprehend the Bible in depth, I recommend you read The Mystical City of God by Ven. Mother Mary of Agreda a reputed autobiography of the Hole Family. I have never understood why God chose me, but I am so grateful He did..


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