What Pope Benedict really said about Eucharistic adoration
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(09-23-2011, 10:19 AM)archdiocesan Wrote: Hardly. If I wrote, "someone who thinks that graces can only be obtained in the confessional misrepresents the sacrament of penance", and you decided to translate that into German as, "someone who thinks that graces can be obtained in the confessional distorts the meaning of the sacrament", that wouldn't be a question of dynamic vs literal translation. That would be mistranslation - malicious or incompetent - with the effect of making me sound like a heretic.

The qualifying statement of only present in the tabernacle in a localized way is present in both statements.  You are complaining about 1 translation using a compound sentence and another translating it into two sentences.  But the same thought is manifest.  If anything the stricter translation makes the strawman more apparent than in the disputed translation.

Neither statement is heretical, it may be misread more easily in one version or another, but misleading isthe  whole point of the passage anyway.  The point of it is that it is built on a strawman argument.  It's not heretical, it's deceptive and that's true in both translations.  The disdain for the strawman is there, the lack of distinction between traditional understanding and the strawman is obvious and the arrogant assertion that "modern man" and "thinking man" are both  one and the same is there.

To use your confessional analogy.  It's like saying there is a crisis in which people think absolutions are invalid outside of the confessional and then encouraging a "purification" of the rites and ceremonies based on that lie.  The fact is, nobody thinks absolutions are invalid outside the confessional and there is no crisis and no need for a purfication.  (one wonders whether this method of dismantling traditional practices lead to 'face to face" confession and bizaarre penances and invalid formulas being adopted) 

Your rewriting of the statements would be more like: 

Someone who thinks that graces must be obtained in the confessional distorts the meaning of the sacrament. This would assume that absolution is there locally and in a confined way..." 

and

Someone who thinks that graces can only be obtained in the confessional misrepresents the sacrament of penance. Statements like "You need to go to the confessional", express a disregard, for the sacramental mystery and the concept of reconciliation that is off-putting (ie. repugnant or repellenat) to thinking people who know about the sacrament... 

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Re: What Pope Benedict really said about Eucharistic adoration - by Gerard - 09-23-2011, 11:52 AM



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