An anonymous poster wrote the following in my last post found here. According to the Anonymous Poster, he stated:
When I read about the Archbishop threatening priests in letters and documents (and in action), I tend to interpret it as the Archbishop threatening priests.
Anonymous poster, I am going to focus on only this one statement that you said rather than address everything. I will show you another interpretation of the Archbishop's letter to the priests, which Tim Rohr did not show you. The Archbishop's letter to the priests can be found here. The bold is my emphasis, and all words in black are my responses.
Hafa Ada Pale........
As you know the Eighth Community of the Neo-Catechumenall Way for the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica was born just before Holy Week of this year.
We had approached you much earlier at the beginning of the Catechesis with Joe and Jacque Terlaje to ask you to accompany this community in the catechesis and I believe you said you will not promise but will try to see if you can be of help. You did help in visiting with the group during the questionnaire and was in the group of Matthew, one of our severs of the Cathedral-Basilica, who end up reporting to their whole group their discussion, and later our Team felt that you had been of some influence in answering their questions and we were very impressed with Matthew's reporting.
Okay...let us stop here before continuing any further. Do you see what I placed in bold, Anonymous? The word "ASK" has nothing to do with threats or forcing anyone. The Archbishop even praised the priest by saying that he along with others were very impressed with his work in the group. Now let us continue on with the letter.
I am now asking you as the Pastor of the Cathedral-Basilica Parish and as Archbishop of Agana, to accompany this Eighth Community as their presbyter for their celebration of the Eucharist every Saturday evening at 7:30 pm.
Okay....let us stop here again. Do you see the word "Asking" which I placed in bold, Anonymous? How do you interpret the word "asking?" If someone ASKS you to do something, do you see that as a threat or as forcing you to do something??? Let us continue the letter.
Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has approved the Statutes of the Neo-Catechumenal Way definitely and is only awaiting the letters of concurrence by the Heads of the Roman Dicasteries in order to promulgate it to the whole Universal Church. And this will happen anytime soon.
Okay...now let us stop here again. How do you interpret this, Anonymous? I interpret this as the Archbishop assuring the priest of any doubts. It is the Archbishop who travels to Rome and is in dialogue with the Vatican. Today, we now know that the Statutes were indeed approved. Okay, now the last part in the Archbishop letter.
I ask that you help me in my pastoral mission by assisting this community in their celebrations. I assure you that you will benefit spiritually for them as they will from you.
If you decide you will not serve, I will have to let you know now that your time in this Archdiocese will be for only one year from the above date.
Okay....let us stop here. Anonymous, you spoke about CONTEXT. In the context of this entire letter the word "ask" was used three times. In the context of the entire letter, the Archbishop praised this priest by telling him how impressed he was during his participation in the group with the Eighth community. He assures the priest that the Statutes is approved and that he will also benefit from participating in the community. These praises and assurances he gives the priest is done in the hopes that the priest would decide to participate in walking in the Way. The word "decide" which I placed in bold showed that the priest indeed had a choice, and the Archbishop was honest and forthright to this decision.
Tim Rohr highlighted ONLY the last sentence of the Archbishop's letter and simply told his followers that this letter threatened and forced the priests to walk in the Way. As I said in my last post of "Human interpretation," if one sentence can be interpreted five different ways, how much more a letter or a document?