I blame converts from Protestantism and their zealous influence on other Catholics, as well as…you know…the 60’s…and Vat II and whatever Malachi Martin’s warnings about post WWII ecumenism going too far ment…
Ironically the Eastern Orthodox whom I hold to higher standards in many ways also occassionaly use the word ministry when they have a congregation full of anglican converts. However it is far far more COMMON in the Western Catholic Church. It is a legitimate problem which should be fought vigoursly by educated laity like ourselves.
Type the word Catholic and Ministry into google and see how many organizations pop up. For me the word ministry relating to laity does nearly always bring out protestant connotations in my mind. I am extremely uncomfrtable with it, except when it relates to some specific clerical, monastic, friar involved Holy work.
Presbyter is a very ancient latin word used to mean priest. I like this word but I almost never use it to refer to priests.
Theophilus, humilis presbyter, servum servorum Dei, indignus nomine et professione monachi, omnibus mentis desidiam animique vagationem utili manuum occupatione, et delectabili novitatum meditatione declinare et calcare volentibus, retributionem coelestis praemii!
^a superb example of the most beautiful language spoken frequently within the ancient catholic church of the holy roman empire in 1120 A.D. We must return to this mentality of poetic beauty in our catechesis language. Not to mention the iconographical and sacred art techniques which he teaches us in this treatise.