Saturday, May 17, 2014
How Documents Are Used to Deceive
On February 14, 2014, Junglewatch posted a post entitled "The Presbyter Conspiracy found here. According to Tim Rohr, he stated:
Okay, maybe conspiracy is a bit theatric, but the insistent use of the word presbyter in place of priest by the Neocatechumenal Way has a purpose.......
The first step towards changing the way we think is to change the language. By emphasizing the use of the word presbyter instead of priest, Kiko is preparing us for the transition from the necessity of a priest to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and turn bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, to simply an elder who will preside at nothing more than a thanksgiving meal and a dance around a flower-laden table............
But rather than get into a long historical analysis of presbyter v priest, let us see what the Church itself said recently about the interchange of the two words.
Tim Rohr then tells a story of how in 1996, the US National Conference of Catholic Bishop requested approval from the Holy See to translate the word "priest" into "presybter" in the Rite of Ordination. Tim Rohr then used an actual document, which is a letter written in response to the President of the NCCB.
In this document that he used, Tim Rohr has concluded that members of the Way are NOT following Catholic teaching because we use the word "presbyter" instead of "priest". After providing this document, he then made the following conclusion:
In an addendum to the letter, under the section "Terminology", the Prefect goes on to say:
Just as the Latin term "presbyter" should be translated into English throughout and always by "priest", the usual translation of "presbyteratus" should be "priesthood" unless in rare cases some special and serious reason intervenes.
Perhaps "conspiracy" is not such a theatric word after all. Here is the full text of the letter.
This actual document that Tim Rohr used in his blogsite was written to the President of the NCCB, NOT to the Neocatechumenal Way. This actual document that Tim Rohr used was referring to the TRANSLATION that the NCCB wanted to use in the Rite of Ordination, NOT to our SPOKEN use of the word "presbyter in the NCW.
In other words, this actual document had always been referring to the TRANSLATION of the word "priest" to "presbyter" in the Rite of Ordination. But what Tim Rohr has done is deliberately used an actual document with the intention of propagating hate. He used an actual document to deliberately mislead others into thinking that the NCW was not following Church teaching.....a letter than was not even addressed to NCW.....a letter that speaks about the translation in an "ordination rite". The NCW has nothing to do
with any ordination rite.
As a matter of fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church used the term "presbyter." (See CCC 1530 as an example.) One then has to wonder why then the Catechism uses the word "presbyter" in it?
This is the kind of tactics that Fundamentalist Protestants and other hate groups use. They use actual documents, but twist the facts around to incite hatred and division. An example is when Fundamentalists use the actual document "Ineffabilis Due" and conclude from that document that the Immaculate Conception was a man-made invention created in 1854 by the Catholic Church.
So, who is really causing division in the Catholic Church? Well, in the first place, it was not the archbishop who wrote or even spoke of any "presbyter conspiracy." This so-called "presbyter conspiracy" did not come from the NCW. Who was the one who wrote about the "presbyter conspiracy" and used an actual document misleading others into thinking that the NCW should never used the term "presbyter".....when in reality that document was addressed to the NCCB who wanted to change a term in the ordination rite.
Furthermore, I would like to add that our Statues, which was approved by the Holy See, also used the term "presbyter".