But what do the scriptures declare? "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior (not the POPE, but God saves); WHO WOULD HAVE ALL MEN TO BE SAVED, AND COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH." -- 1 Tim. 2:3,4.
And are we the Layperson not to be sanctified in that truth? Where does that truth come from? "Sanctify them (sanctify whom? The People) by your truth. Your word is truth." -- John 17:17. A most difficult thing to be sanctified in the WORD when it is prohibited from your possession...no?
So by your intellectually dishonesty you are claiming that only the Catholic Hierarchy had access to the Latin language and were capable of translating the many existing copies of original manuscripts written in GREEK? Really? Of course you must also ignore the scriptural truth, "You (every Christian) too (also) living stones (just like Christ) built as an edifice of spirit, INTO A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ (the High Priest of the order...not the POPE)." -- Heb. 4:14-16.
Or, "You, however, are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people he claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works of the ONE who called YOU from darkness into light." -- 1 Peter 2:9. And Rev. continues along the same line confirming that all CHRISTIANS are priests that need no Hierarchy to go before the throne of God through our Advocate, Christ Jesus, ".....Who has made US a royal nation of priests in the service of his God and Father." -- Rev. 1:6