LOCAL Roman Catholic Versions. By Michael Marlowe. Full descriptions and histories of several Roman Catholic versions, and some related documents.
Choosing a Bible Translation. By James Akin. Article from This Rock magazine, April 1994. A short but informative discussion of modern versions. Akin recommends the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, recently reissued by Ignatius Press under the title The Ignatius Bible. The article is also reproduced without its footnotes under the title "Bible Translations Guide" here.
Veritas Bible. Well-designed site with the text of the Vulgate, Challoner Rheims version, Catena Aurea, Haydock Commentary, Catholic Guide to the Bible by Hugh Pope, plus outlines, articles, and others resources from a very traditional Catholic viewpoint.
The Real Rheims New Testament. By William von Peters. At this site you can buy a CD or download the entire Rheims New Testament of 1582 in a PDF file, complete with prefaces and marginal notes, in modern spelling. Very useful for seeing details of how Roman Catholics interpreted the Bible at the time of the Reformation.
Douay-Rheims Bible Online. The full text of the Challoner-Rheims (a substantial revision of the Douay-Reims done in 1764), with a search utility. Includes notes from the edition approved by Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore. The same text with notes is here, without search utility. The same text without the notes is available with some special concordance features here.
Uncomfortable Facts About The Douay-Rheims. By James Akin. A look at the origins, strengths and weaknesses of the Douay-Rheims and Challoner-Rheims Bible. Akin, though Catholic, is especially concerned to debunk traditionalists claims that this is the only "pure" and "official" translation of the Catholic church.
The New American Bible. Full text of the official Roman Catholic version, courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Revision of the New Testament of the New American Bible. By the Rev. Francis T. Gignac, chairman of the board of editors for the revision. This article, besides giving a detailed account of the NAB revision of 1986, includes a brief and interesting review of the early history of the English Bible, in which the author is very gracious towards the Protestant translators. Also here.
Bible Babel. By Richard John Neuhaus, First Things 113 (May 2001), p. 67. Some scathing remarks here about the New American Bible: "It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a wretched translation. It succeeds in being, at the same time, loose, stilted, breezy, vulgar, opaque, and relentlessly averse to literary grace." Neuhaus also describes the confusion caused by endless revisions of the version, and the feud between the Vatican and American Bishops over its use in the liturgy. Also here.
More on Bible Babel. By Richard John Neuhaus, from First Things, January 2006. "The NAB introduces unwarranted novelties that not only further erode what remains of a common biblical vocabulary but are often blithely indifferent to the Church's tradition of theological reflection." Also here.
The New American Bible: Is It Good for Catholics? By Ben Douglass. A detailed critique of the NAB marginal notes by a traditional Catholic. "The commentary in the NAB is spiritually dangerous to read. It is a near occasion for sin. Like Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, the only Catholics who should read the footnotes of the NAB are apologists who need something against which to polemicize. Like the Cathar's French translation, the NAB deserves to be on the Index of Forbidden books." Also here.
Biblia Clerus. Created by the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, an an aid to reading Scripture in the light of Catholic tradition. Go to any biblical passage and click on the "comment" button next to it. A list of links to patristic and magisterial works in which the passage is discussed or cited will appear in the left frame. Also here.
Interpretation: Issues and Principles. A good collection of documents and links compiled by Dr. Scott Hahn and others at The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (Franciscan University of Steubenville).
Revelation and the Word of God. A collection of articles on the nature of Scripture and its interpretation, compiled by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio at the Crossroads Initiative site.
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. 1993 report of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, presented to Pope John Paul II. Describes and recommends various approaches of modern historical criticism and opposes the "fundamentalist" doctrine of inerrancy.
Interpreting the Bible: Three Views. By Paul M. Blowers, Jon D. Levenson, and Robert L. Wilken. An article from First Things 45 (August/September 1994) in which the authors analyze the 1993 report of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Also here.
Roman Theological Forum Study Program. By Msgr. John F. McCarthy. An introduction to traditional Catholic interpretation of the Bible, promoting what the editor calls a "neo-Patristic approach to the interpretation of Sacred Scripture." The modern historical-critical method is rejected as rationalistic.
Destroying the Bible By John Young. A critical review of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary, published in 1989.
Thomas Ward's ‘Errata to the Protestant Bible’ — Errata to the Protestant Bible, or, The Truth of their English Translations Examined: in a Treatise Shewing some of the Errors that are to be Found in the Protestant English translations of the Sacred Scripture, by Thomas Ward (1807).
General Biblical Studies
Gigot's Introduction to the Old Testament — Francis E. Gigot, S.S., Special Introduction to the Study of the Old Testament, 2 vols. (New York: Benziger Bros., 1901): vol. 1; vol. 2.
Haydock's Catholic Family Bible and Commentary. Haydock's Catholic Family Bible and Commentary (New York: Edward Dunigan and Brother, 1859). A Catholic Bible commentary compiled by the late Rev. Fr. George Leo Haydock, following the Douay-Rheims Bible.
Liturgy Watch. An interesting collection of articles posted by members of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, protesting the Vatican's recent crackdown on their "inclusive language" excesses.
Liturgiam Authenticam. On the Use of Vernacular Languages in the Publication of the Books of the Roman Liturgy. A very interesting document issued in March 2001 by the Vatican's advisory agency for liturgical matters (the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments) that gives guidelines for the translation of the mass and of the Scriptures. The guidelines specifically disapprove of "inclusive language" translations. Also here. For a good explanation of the document see the article by Fr. Stephen Somerville in Catholic Insight, November 2001.
The Catholic Approach to Biblical Studies. By Rev. Francis T. Gignac, chairman of the Department of Biblical Studies of the Catholic University of America. A very frank explanation of the modernistic approach taken by most recent Roman Catholic scholars. Also here.
Providentissimus Deus. 1893 Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Biblical studies. Set forth the traditional doctrine of inerrancy, and prohibited modern criticism that undermines this doctrine.
Spiritus Paraclitus. 1920 Encyclical Letter of Pope Benedict XV commemorating St. Jerome and laying down some norms for exegetes along the same conservative lines as Leo XIII's Providentissimus Deus.
Divino Afflante Spiritu. 1943 Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on Biblical studies. While seeming to affirm the Providentissimus Deus encyclical of Leo XIII, this encyclical allowed room for a redefinition of the concept of inerrancy and so opened the door to historical criticism. It also gave Roman Catholics permission to depart from the Vulgate as the basis of their versions.
Dei Verbum. 1965 document of the Second Vatican Council. An authoritative statement of the modern Catholic doctrines concerning Scripture. Affirms the Divino Afflante Spiritu encyclical of Pius XII, encourages Roman Catholic scholars to provide more vernacular versions, and encourages laymen to read the Bible.
Sacred Scripture. A Roman Catholic guide to Internet resources, by Jerry Darring.
Henry Wansbrough's home page. Wansbrough is a notable Roman Catholic scholar, a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and the chief editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. There are many interesting essays and introductions available on his site (some of these require a network password, but most are public). I especially note the Introduction to the Psalms, an excellent book-length introduction to form criticism of the Psalms and Hebrew poetry in general. Unfortunately the approach is somewhat 'liberal' in places, but those who read with discretion will learn much.
Theology and Apologetics
Revolution in the Church. By Thomas Sheehan, in The New York Review of Books (June 14, 1984). Describes the modern "dismantling of traditional Roman Catholic theology, by Catholics themselves."
Catholic.net. A gateway to conservative Catholic magazines and newspaper articles.
The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible. A book-length document developed by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, published in May 2002. The document strongly implies that Jews have no need of Jesus Christ. David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, says, "This document demonstrates that those who have in one sense given up evangelism and replaced it with dialogue ultimately end up compromising the essence of the gospel itself."