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A key Protestant belief is the priority of Scripture. Catholics, while not denigrating Scripture, have held to the crucial importance of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist. The final chapter of the Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) raises the question of the relative importance of the two. It begins with the striking statement, "The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as it has venerated the body of the Lord" (DV 21).
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The Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) was surely the most difficult document to finalize at the Second Vatican Council. The original document on revelation appeared in November 1962 and was soundly rejected by the council fathers. It went through roughly six more major drafts before finally being approved three weeks before the council ended in 1965. To win approval, compromises were needed, and nowhere is that more evident than in the document's discussion of Sacred Scripture.