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Our Lord and Savior Isn’t A Feral Barn Cat

August 3rd, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

The difference between the two? One you should have neutered, and the other you shouldn’t. And let me clarify which one is which by saying that one feral barn cat is quite enough.

Why is it that “liturgists” feel the need to castrate Our Lord at Mass? These people who take it upon themselves to alter the approved translation and replace “Him” and “His” with “God” and “God’s”, and for what purpose? I’m not offended when I recite the Hail Mary and, as a man, I say, “Blessed art thou amongst women.” The mentality of these priests, nuns, deacons, lay people, and bishops is such that if one person is offended, the world will stop turning on its axis. But guess what, folks – Someone is offended at the games these people are playing. His name is Jesus, and He dwells in our churches – presuming of course we can actually locate the tabernacle and give a moment’s pause to genuflect in its direction.

Let’s look, for a moment, at the current translation of the Gloria:

Glory to God in the highest
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
Almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Note carefully the words that are found in our missals, in the Sacramentary, and in documents pertaining to the contemporary liturgy. We say “His people” – not “God’s people.” Are we denying the masculinity of God when we substitute out a masculine pronoun for something more “friendly” and neutrered? Yes we are. We are castrating Him with our hollow liturgical ruminations. What an insult it is to presume to have the authority and competency to change the words of the Mass! Read what’s in the book if you pronounce yourself “liturgically-savvy,” because if you don’t, you’re proving yourself to be otherwise.

The Mass isn’t about us. It’s not about this person taking offense or that person being hurt by a pronoun. It’s about God. He has feelings, too, you know. And yet, we’re more concerned about the gay guy in the back pew, or the transgendered lady in the row in front of us – oh, we mustn’t offend them with Truth now. That would be too much for them to bear, what with a comfortably masculine Savior. Jesus Christ, Our Lord, was fully God and fully – not “person,” not “being” – man. He was fully and undeniably a man, but our liturgical “experts” think that changing the words is absolutely acceptable. Well, it’s not.

I should certainly hope that when it comes time to recite the Gloria at your parish this weekend, you’ll have the courage to do the right thing, the approved thing, and include the masculine pronouns for Our Lord. If you don’t, you’re coming at him with the same scalpel with which your vet “fixed” little Fluffy. He’s your Savior, not some lap-dog. Treat Him with the respect he earned while He was nailed to His Cross for your salvation.

Oh, I’m sorry – perhaps I offended you. “Treat God with the respect God earned while God was nailed to God’s Cross for your salvation.” There. Now we’re all happy.

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4 Responses to “Our Lord and Savior Isn’t A Feral Barn Cat”

  1. avatar Dr. K says:

    Whenever I go to an “inclusive language Mass”, they switch “his people” to “God’s people.” However, they don’t change “king”, “father”, or “son” to be inclusive.

    What’s the point then? Are they offended by the “his” but not by the “Father”?

    What about those of us who are offended by the neutering of the Mass?

  2. avatar Andy says:

    While I truly doubt God the Father is a “male,” I also don’t agree with those who eliminate pronouns such as “He” and “Him” – and I am especially irked when priests such as those at St. Mary’s downtown refuse to use “He” and “Him” to refer to Jesus, who was and is unquestionably male. Jesus Himself referred to His Father as “My Father” and calls upon us to do likewise.

    To change the words of our liturgy is a symptom of sinful pride, to put it bluntly. As God’s creatures, we must all submit to Him and His Church.

  3. avatar Tommy D'Aquino says:

    Seeing as how the Father begot the son through the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin, he cannot be anything other than “male.” God isn’t a hermaphrodite.

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    While I don’t agree with the anti-male agenda, at least I understand the agenda. What I can’t at all understand is the reason why, in some of these same masses, Jesus’ “disciples” are switched with His “friends”.

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