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Despite the decline of religious practice, the appetite of English people for new versions of Scripture is, paradoxically, greater than ever. Educated people are still expected to have some acquaintance with the Bible even though religious convictions are no longer demanded. One does not need to be either a Christian or a scholar to recognize the Bible as great literature. With the growth of literacy greater numbers are able to enjoy the Bible's unique appeal. No other religious writing however exalted can compete with the inspired text.

We welcome a Catholic edition of the Revised Standard Version, not only because it will lead more of our people to read the Bible, but also because of its ecumenical value. May all who read it grow in the knowledge and love of God's own word.

John Cardinal Heenan

Archbishop of Westminster

December 1965

The Editors of this edition, Dom Bernard Orchard, O.S.B. and the Reverend R.C. Fuller, D.D.D., L.S.S., wish to express appreciation for permission to use, with authorized changes, the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyrighted, 1946, 1952, and 1957.