Did Rome Give Us The Bible?
By Dr. Ken Matto
For many years the Roman Catholic Church has insisted that they are the ones who gave us the Bible. Protestants have continually rejected the idea that the Bible came through the Roman Catholic Church. The Protestant rejection of this idea would have been totally valid until 1881 but since 1881, the Protestant church has thrown out the real Bible, the King James Bible, and have accepted and defended the Roman Catholic Bible. This is a hard pill to swallow but truth is truth which can be rejected but not denied.
All modern versions from the Revised Version of 1881 forward to today have Roman Catholic Manuscripts for their underlying authority. Let us look at the two primary manuscripts which are touted as “The Oldest and Best.”
The Vaticanus Manuscript (B)
The word “Vatican” in Latin means “Hill of Divination.”
(Deu 18:10 KJV) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, The Vaticanus manuscript was found in the Vatican library in 1481. It was rejected by the King James Translators because it was very corrupt and unreliable. The following portions of Scripture are missing from the Vaticanus: Genesis 1:1-46; 28; Psalms 106-138; Matthew 16:2-3; Mark 16:9-20; The Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus); Hebrews 9:14-13:25 and all of the book of Revelation. These were intentional omissions because the manuscript was found in excellent condition with no pieces missing. In the Gospels it leaves out 237 words, 452 clauses, and 748 whole sentences. These omissions were intentional since there was room left on pages to write these in. The Vaticanus manuscript was written on expensive Vellum and was in good condition when found which means that the missing areas were not due to missing sections but intentional omission.

The Sinaiticus Manuscript (
a) Aleph
The major characteristic of this manuscript is that it is a literary mess. There are mistakes, erasures, sentences written on top of other sentences plus many words are omitted. It contains nearly all the New Testament, the Apocryphal Books plus two other false books, “The Shepherd of Hermes” and “The Epistle of Barnabas.” Every page contains corrections and revisions by at least ten different people. Corrections on the manuscript were made as late as the sixth or seventh century A.D. With so many revisions and corrections done to this manuscript, it made it totally worthless. It was found in a garbage can in St. Catherine’s Monastery in 1844 by Constantine Tischendorf. The manuscript was so bad, the monks were going to burn the manuscript just for heat. It too omits Mark 16:9-20.

“On many occasions 10, 20, 30, 40 words are dropped through very carelessness. Letters and words, even whole sentences, are frequently written twice over, or begun and immediately cancelled; while that gross blunder, whereby a clause is omitted because it happens to end in the same words as the clause preceding, occurs no less than 115 times in the New Testament.” --- Dean Burgon
As you can plainly see the Vaticanus was found in the library at the Vatican in 1481 and the Sinaiticus was discovered in a garbage can in St. Catherine’s Monastery in 1844 by Constantine Tischendorf. This monastery is the one which has human skulls piled 7 feet high in a large room and even the complete skeleton of a monk is attached to a door. A very satanic setting.
So we see that both of the underlying manuscripts of the modern versions were both from Roman Catholic locations. Dean Burgon comments on the state of these two manuscripts:
The impurity of the text exhibited by these codices [Sinaiticus and Vaticanus] is not a question of opinion but of fact. ... In the Gospels alone Codex B (Vaticanus) leaves out words or whole clauses no less than 1,491 times. It bears traces of careless transcription on every page. ... they are three of the most scandalously corrupt copies extant ... [exhibiting] the most shamefully mutilated texts which are anywhere to be met with” (Burgon, True Or False? pp. 77-78).
Now is that the only evidence that the modern versions are Roman Catholic? The answer is no because another major factor is the editors of these Greek manuscripts. The two major editors of these manuscripts were Westcott and Hort. Both of them were Roman Catholics.
(1) “After leaving the Monastery, we shaped our course to a little oratory which we discovered on the summit of a neighboring hill…Fortunately, we found the door open. It is very small, with one kneeling-place, and behind a screen was a ‘Pieta’ the size of life (i.e. a Virgin and dead Christ)…Had I been alone, I could have knelt there for hours.”

(2) “It is smaller than I expected, and the colouring is less rich, but in expression it is perfect. The face of the virgin is unspeakably beautiful. I looked till the lip seemed to tremble with intensity of feeling---of feeling simply, for it would be impossible to say whether it be awe or joy or hope---humanity shrinking before the divine, or swelling with its conscious possession. It is enough that there is deep, intensely deep, emotion such as the mother of the Lord may have had.”

(3) I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and ‘Jesus’ worship have very much in common in their causes and results.

Westcott, Arthur, Life and Letters of Brooke Foss Westcott, (New York, 1903), Volume 1
(1) Page 81
(2) Page 183

(3) Hort, Arthur Fenton, Life and letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, (New York, 1896), Vol. 1, p. 81 - This was a letter written to Westcott on October 17, 1865.

The bill of goods these two Roman Catholics sold Christians was that they were just going to update the language of the King James Bible and when they got behind closed doors they switched manuscripts with the Roman Catholic Manuscripts which were pieced together by Tischendorf. The Hort-Westcott primary Greek manuscripts were Sinaiticus and Vaticanus.

Let us bring the Greek manuscripts to today. The Hort and Westcott manuscripts are found today in the United Bible Societies Greek New Testament, the latest being the fourth revision and the Nestle Aland Novum Testamentum Graece which has had 27 revisions. Both of these underlie all the modern versions which means they are derivatives of the Roman Catholic manuscripts of Hort and Westcott.
On the editorial committees of each one is a man named Carlo Montini. Carlo Montini is a Jesuit Cardinal. This means that not only are the manuscripts Roman Catholic, there was even a Roman Catholic Jesuit on the Greek committees of both the Nestle-Aland and the United Bible Societies. This means that Rome has been heavily involved in the modern version movement since these manuscripts underlie all the modern versions.
I want to make this summary clear and big that if you use any modern version, then you must agree with Rome, that they gave you the Bible. The evidence is overwhelming! It is very hypocritical for any Christian who uses a modern version to criticize the Catholic Church while they use and promote Roman Catholic modern versions.
What about the King James Bible?
The King James Bible has never been infected with Roman Catholicism. In fact, those who held to the true Scriptures, which were the forerunner of the King James Bible, during the middle ages were heavily persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church. Satan had used them to attempt to annihilate the true manuscript line from Antioch which remained untouched by Rome and Alexandria. One such group which was the guardian of the true Scriptures through the middle ages was the Waldensians. Their history goes back to about 120 A.D. and they were heavily persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church but the Lord brought them through it and along with them the preserved manuscripts which eventually came to be known as our King James Version.
It is a crying shame that so many Christians gave their lives for the true Bible now found in the King James Version and today’s deluded Christians defend and promote the very Bible that Rome gave us while eliminating the King James Bible which has the blood of many Christians attached to it. It is also a fact that the majority of Christians have lost the ability to think and refuse to ask questions as to why so many verses are truncated and omitted in the Roman Catholic Versions they so happily use.
Final Summary
1) If you use a modern version, then Rome gave you your Bible.
2) If you use the King James, then you are using the Bible God gave you without any manuscript corruptions.