BEC Bibles: equipping the laity
To help the church in equipping the laity, the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) and the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) launched the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) Bible during the recently concluded first National Congress of the Clergy held at the World Trade Center.
The BEC Bible was produced to help the Church in its pastoral thrust in building up of the Basic Ecclesial Communities. This program was initiated during the 2nd Plenary Council in the Philippines in 1991, the inspiration of which came from the 2nd Vatican Council which gave the direction of what the church should be today.
“BEC is the new way of being church – the church that is renewed, and the church that is renewing,” explains ECBA Chairman, Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, DD. “It is a church of co-responsibility. The Church is no longer dominated by the clergy… it is for all the people of God, including the laity.”
Through BEC, the laity have become partners of the clergy in the holistic nurturing of the church. In empowering the laity, ECBA produced the BEC Bible in partnership with PBS. “Without the Word of God, we cannot say that that community is a Christian one, or an ecclesial one,” said Bishop Bastes.
The BEC Bible is printed in the major Philippine languages accurately translated from the original biblical languages. It contains a list of different gospel sharing methods for BEC use and for different occasions, as well as different themes for different gospel sharing methods. The Bible is distributed exclusively by PBS and ECBA.