PopeWatch: Euphemisms



Apparently in the Synod some of the participants are concerned about language:

Speaking at this afternoon’s Vatican press briefing on the Synod on the Family English-language spokesman for the Synod, Fr. Thomas Rosica noted there has been much discussion about language in the Synod’s deliberations.

Fr. Rosica explained what he believed to be “one of the salient interventions” of the day, noting that according to the presenter, “language such as ‘living in sin’, ‘intrinsically disordered’, or ‘contraceptive mentality’ are not necessarily words that invite people to draw closer to Christ and the Church.”

“There is a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the concrete situations,” he added.

“Marriage is already seen by many as being filtered in harsh language in the Church. How do we make that language appealing, and loving and inviting. We’re not speaking about rules or laws we’re speaking about a person who is Jesus who is the source of our faith, the leader of our Church, he is the one who invites us into a mystery.”

Go here to read the rest.  Hmmm, well let’s see.  What would we call sin to make it less harsh?  An “oopsie” perhaps, or a little peccadillo?  Fornication?  Undocumented lovers?  Shacking up?  A family in formation?  Homosexual? Differently abled sexually?  Abortion?  Baby go bye bye?

This desire to pretend that scarlet sins become white as wool without repentance by a simple language change is marvelous!  Why haven’t we tried it before?  However, they better not let the Guy who said the below into the Synod, or He would definitely harsh the mellow:

25Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within you are full of rapine and uncleanness. 26Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside may become clean.

27Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men’s bones, and of all filthiness. 28So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.


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  1. “Hmmm, well let’s see. What would we call sin to make it less harsh? An ‘oopsie’ perhaps, or a little peccadillo? Fornication? Undocumented lovers? Shacking up? A family in formation? Homosexual? Differently abled sexually? Abortion? Baby go bye bye?”
    Thankfully neither my sponsor in my 12 step program nor my priest chose to be inviting by making my behavior seem less harsh. The invitation was simple: do what you are told to do or die underneath a bridge with a needle in your arm. Give up your booze, your drugs, your sexual titillation, and everything else you love because what you love is killing you.
    The wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life.

  2. There is a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the concrete situations

    I’d say the current language meets the concrete situations dead on.

  3. I agree regarding Church teaching/language on the Sacrament: Holy Matrimony.

    Marriage is a life sentence with no chance of parole. You knew that when you went in.

  4. “There is a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the concrete situations.”
    In motorsport, you have to keep changing onto fresh tires as the race progresses. Tread wears thin, whether the weather is sunny and hot, or rainy and cold. In the rain, you need tread that is deep and moves water out of the way. “Full Wets” move up to 65 liters of water per second out of the way!
    I think it’s raining cats and dogs, and we need words like “sin”.

  5. This might be called Vatican III. We will have more ambiguous language from the left wing clerics. Vatican II met is goal when it said they wanted to bring the church into the modern world. It has bought into political correctness.

  6. Liberals and deviants always try to change the language in order to change the culture. Recall: homosexuality is “gay;” abortion is “choice;” adultery is “having an affair;” drunkards are “alcoholics;” witchcraft is “spiritual counseling.” Call a spade a spade. Sin is sin. Anything else is word merchandising in order to change perception. Today,most sins have been made into “diseases.” Gluttony is now obesity, or alcoholism, or bulimia, for instance. Lust requires “sex therapy.” Anger requires “anger management courses.” Sloth is just “being laid back.” Being habitually late is now a disease, also. Is it any wonder that the SIN-ODD is waxing to avoid hurting feelings? Political correctness run amuck. The only mortal sin today is not being “nice.” Ours is the Church of Nice. God help us!

  7. If people don’t accept the teachings of the Catholic Church, why do they want to be Catholics? Because we have a bunch of spoiled brats in the world today that want acceptance for everything they do. The fact that the idiot in St. Peter’s Chair actually gives them credence is frightening. I guess there really was a reason why lightning struck the chimney during the conclave.

  8. Annie and Elizabeth, You have said a mouthful. We have to take the church back from these idiots before the church is destroyed from within.
    One of the problems is that we have many Catholics that agree with these left wing nitwits. The Post Vatican crowd has hijacked the church

  9. Propel propel propel your craft
    softly down the liquid solution
    Ecstatically ecstatically ecstatically
    existence is but a mental illusion.

    Basic rule: if it is not obvious humor do not use a euphemism that does not have an obvious meaning or which cannot translated back to the orginal

  10. I was very proud of Cardinal Burke last night on The World Over. Having been in many meetings with him over the years, you could just tell how irritated he is. Statesmen extraordinare. Now I know why he wasn’t selected for the Pope job, but then, with the word semantics they want to pacify the world with he wouldn’t have cut the papal muster. We might have actually ended up with Catholics that knew their faith and tried real hard to abide by it. Yes, why do people want to be Catholic anyway?

  11. Hank: “existence is but a mental illusion.”
    Descartes said: “I think, therefore I AM.” Thinking is an act of the free will of man endowed by God. Leaving God out of the reasoning might lead some individuals to think that he thinks without God, that his soul and reason come into existence without “their Creator”.
    Luther said that man is saved by Faith alone. St. James said that man must be saved by Faith and action. Choosing to believe is an act of free will. Choosing to believe in God is an act of free will and and an act of Faith, the Faith and action needed for salvation.

  12. Anzlyne: “…purple penguins… that way no one has to admit to being either a boy or a girl… all just penguins…”
    Purple penguins have no soul, cannot reason, and are animals. Just another way to infer atheistic evolution, the backwards thinking of a tyrant. A football team of equals… maybe, but a teacher with power and authority over minor children ought to be sued.

  13. Jeanne Rohl: “I was very proud of Cardinal Burke last night on The World Over. Having been in many meetings with him over the years, you could just tell how irritated he is. Statesmen extrordinare.”
    Cardinal Raymond Burke took my breath away.

  14. joe DeCarlo: “The Post Vatican crowd has hijacked the church.”
    The vatican II’s Karl Rahner, Scheelbecx (sp) the whole swarmy bunch of heretics overwhelmed most doctrine and love for the Traditional Rite. It was their way or the highway. They thought no one noticed. Benedict XVI noticed. All were corrected. Some got excommunicated, but their errors clung like Obamacare, which I am told will never be overturned because the mob mentality has embraced it.

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