Hermeneutics (from the Greek word
means speech or interpretation) is used to cover a broad
scope in the process of understanding. It refers to
interpretation by speech itself, as language interprets
the process of translation from an unintelligible language
to an intelligible one (cf. 1 Cor 12:10);
interpretation by commentary and explanation.
Catholic Christians have often been accused of not being
allowed to read the Bible on their own. This could not be further
from the truth. When, in history, Catholics were forbidden to
read the Bible it was a particular translation which usually
was unauthorized and highly illiterate in its fidelity to original
sources. In other words, unauthorized versions were often
just simply bad translations.