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  • George Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition: A Catholic Bible commentary compiled by the late Rev. Fr. George Leo Haydock, following the Douay-Rheims Bible.
    • The printed book as reprinted by Loreto Publications may be purchased on this page of Loreto Publications;  on this page of Marianland;  and on this page of Angelus Press. [Note: For the support of faithful Catholic publishers, we encourage all readers to purchase the said book. (The Project earns no commission from any such purchase.) Nonetheless, for those who are unable to do so for just reasons, or would like electronic texts, see the following links below.]
    • The electronic text may be read online at Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition (which appears to be a mirror of the defunct original website) and at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (which is the 22 April 2016 snapshot of the apparently defunct website original website.)
      • [Note 1. This is the most readable copy online, and contains the text of Scripture together with the commentary along with cross-references to other passages.]
      • [Note 2. We have assumed that the new website lawfully reproduced and republished the content of the defunct original website. If this not the case, kindly inform us immediately through a comment so that we may delete the links.]
  • Other editions are also available at Hathi Trust Digital Library and other websites:
    • Haydock’s Catholic Bible“; or The Holy Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate, diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and other editions in divers languages; the Old Testament first published by the English College at Douay, A.D. 1609, and the New Testament, first published by the English College at Rheims, A.D. 1582; with useful notes, critical, historical, controversial, and explanatory, selected from the most eminent commentators, and the most able and judicious critics, by the Rev. George Leo Haydock (New York, Edward Dunigan and Brother, 1852). With the approbation of the Archbishop of New York, who said it had “the Complete Notes of Bishop Challoner, Rev. George Leo Haydock, and others, and [was] known as Haydock’s Catholic Bible”. May be read online, and available in pdf format, at Google Books. Also available at Google Play Books and at the Hathi Trust Digital Library.
    • Haydock’s Catholic Bible; or, The Holy Bible; translated from the Latin Vulgate, diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and other editions in divers languages; the Old Testament, first published by the English College at Douay, A.D. 1609, and the New Testament first published by the English College at Rheims, A.D. 1582; with useful notes, critical, historical, controversial and explanatory, selected from the most eminent commentators, and the most able and judicious critics, by the Rev. George Leo Haydock (New York: Edward Dunigan and Brother, 1855). With the approbation of the Archbishop of New York, who described it thus: “with the Complete Notes of Bishop Challoner, Rev. George Leo Haydock, and others, and known as Haydock’s Catholic Bible”. Available at the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

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“Then there are other assailants of Holy Scripture who misuse principles… in order to overturn the fundamental truth of the Bible and thus destroy Catholic teaching handed down by the Fathers… They refuse to allow that the things which Christ said or did have come down to us unchanged and entire through witnesses who carefully committed to writing what they themselves had seen or heard…; yet of it one wrote: “He who saw it has borne witness, and his witness is true; and he knows that he tells the truth, and you also may believe” (Jn. 19:35).” (Pope Benedict XV, Encyclical “Spiritus Paraclitus”, 26-27)

“Those divinely revealed realities which are contained and presented in Sacred Scripture have been committed to writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For holy mother Church, relying on the belief of the Apostles (…), holds that the books of both the Old and New Testaments in their entirety, with all their parts, are sacred and canonical because written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author and have been handed on as such to the Church herself.” (Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution “Dei Verbum”, 11)

“The divine speech that communicates the truths of the Catholic faith is expressed in human languages. The inspired Hebrew and Greek text of the Holy Scriptures is itself uttered by God in all of its parts. It is not a purely human report or interpretation of divine revelation, and no part of its meaning is due solely to human causes. In believing the teaching of the Holy Scriptures we are believing God directly.” (From the Correctio Filialis de Haeresibus Propagatis, 16 July 2017)

[Updated 11 February 2018 to change the links to webpages in the now defunct Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary website. Updated 16 February 2018 to include additional links. Updated 24 June 2018 to change the Wayback Machine link. Updated 04 April 2021 to add links to the printed book sellers and to the new website. Updated 12 April 2021 to add Google Books and Google Play Book links]