Is it true that the
deuterocanonical books were added to scripture by the Council of Trent?
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No. This is an error
propagated by Protestants. It is easily disproved by pointing to the Church's
official lists of inspired books of the Bible dating back from the fourth
century A.D. The Council of Trent did list the
deuterocanonical books, however, it was merely affirming / confirming the
same list that the Catholic Church established in the fourth century (and had
maintained since then). Unbiased research should prove beyond doubt that the
Catholic Church accepted these books from the beginning (when she first listed
the books which comprise Scripture). In fact, she is known to have enumerated
all of the books of the Bible - including the deuterocanonical books - as early
as 382 A.D. [see the "Decree of (Pope St.) Damasus" from the acts of the Roman
Synod, 382 A.D. (look for quote
here)] and has done so consistently since then.
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