This thread was inspired by this comment on the Mariology vs Mariolatry thread: In many of the threads of late the Catholics have been trying to lord over the Sola Scriptura crowd that the Bible in its present form exists because of the RCC. I think it's time we explore this notion a bit further so that this misconception is laid to rest once and for all. I am far from laying all my cards on the table in this starting post but let's begin with exactly how well the RCC has "preserved" the Scriptures. I started studying this issue when I stumbled across this statement in the Catholic Encyclopedia: Now, let's take this a bit further for our discussion. Poor old Jerome is blamed for these changes from the original Hebrew and Greek texts. Is this an accurate accusation? Is Jerome totally accountable for this corruption of the original inspired word of God? In a letter to Pope Damasus, the man who commissioned Jerome to this task, we find this: Damascus disregarded this letter and instead, Jerome was forced to translate from already existing Latin Bibles with an addition here and an embellishment there to fit the agenda of the fifth century RCC. I await any response to this shakeable foundation of the credibilty of the Catholics being responsible for the current Bible and the distortion of the word of God originally preserved in the pre-Latin languages of Hebrew and Greek.