Chuck White accused the NCW of not believing in Christ's unique presence in the Eucharist simply because the NCW has the Holy Bible in the tabernacle. His accusation is false. The NCW teaches that the bread and wine turns into the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ after the priest consecrates it. The NCW ALSO teaches that the Holy Bible is the word of God and deserves veneration.
The NCW do not worship the Holy Bible, but they do venerate it because it is the word of God, and we follow the Catechism of the Catholic Church. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (the bold is mine):
CCC 134 All Sacred Scripture is but one book, and this one book is Christ, "because all divine Scripture speaks of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in Christ" (Hugh of St. Victor, De arca Noe 2,8:PL 176,642:cf. ibid. 2,9: PL 176,642-643).
CCC 135 "The Sacred Scriptures contain the Word of God and, because they are inspired, they are truly the Word of God" (DV 24).
CCC 141 "The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she venerated the Body of the Lord" (DV 21): both nourish and govern the whole Christian life. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps 119:105; cf. Is 50:4).The Church has always venerated the Holy Bible as she venerates the Body of the Lord. The Holy Bible is to be respected because it is truly God's written words. God is the author of the Holy Bible.
In the Old Testament, three things were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant: the manna, Aaron's rod, and the stone tablets containing God's words (Hebrews 9:4). The manna represented the Bread which is the Body of Christ in the New Testament. Aaron's rod represented the priesthood, which pointed to Christ as the true high priest who takes away the sins of the world. The stone tables represented God's word, and Christ as the Word of God made flesh. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the covenant was the dwelling place of the Lord God, and the Israelites worshiped God when they bowed before the Ark of the Covenant. Nowhere in the Bible did it say that they worshiped the bowl of manna, a rod, and stone tablets. In the same way, the NCW worship God in the tabernacle.
In the New Testament, the new Ark of Covenant was the Blessed Virgin Mary. She carried in her womb the true bread of life, the true high priest who takes away the sins of the world, and the Word of God made flesh. Therefore, it is fitting that the Holy Bible be placed in the tabernacle simply because the word of God belongs together with His Body as proven in the Old and New Testament. His word was never separated from His body. In fact, one can even see that in the Mass.
While it is true that Christ is uniquely present in the Eucharist, this does not mean that we are to show no respect for God's written word. Yes, God's WRITTEN word. The Bible is not man's written words. It came from God through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and therefore deserves veneration. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
CCC 105 God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit."
"For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and the New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and have been handed on as such to the Church herself."In both the Old and New Testament, both the word and body had always been together in the Ark of the Covenant, which is the dwelling place of the Lord. Therefore, the NCW did not invent anything new because the Church recognized that both the word and body were always together.
Did not Chuck White understand that even in the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word is never separated from the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Body)? Where in the ENTIRE Mass did Chuck White ever see the Liturgy of the word and the Eucharist separated and not celebrated together? Holy Mother Church had always recognized that it is both word and body that nourished and strengthen the Church. The word of God is the lamp at our feet that lights our path to Christ (Psalm 119:105) while His Body gives us eternal life (John 6:51).
Chuck White can argue that God never gave us a book. This is simply false teaching. In fact, the very first book He gave were the Ten Commandments, which was written by His own hands with fire on stone tablets. As the Catechism says (CCC 105) God was the author of Sacred Scripture, and He handed this book (Holy Bible) to His Church.