Sunday, October 23, 2005

JA's blog has a rather good investigation of the connection between language and abortion

It's pretty much 1984esque, a recognition that if you can control a language, you can to a great extent control what people think about. Which is why monkeying with the liturgy always disturbs me, because it becomes one man pushing his view of things onto his congregation, who can do little or nothing.

Case in point: In the middle of the Confiteor today, the priest used the phrase "sisters and brothers" where the texts has "brothers and sisters". Aside from the fact that the prayer basically ended there as everyone stopped to try to figure out what the hell happened, it also implied that the second wording is somehow . . . wrong, if he saw fit to correct it mid-Mass.

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