New Missal: Women urged to request inclusive language

Catholic women are being urged to write to their bishop to protest at sexist language in the new version of the Roman missal.

Fr Sean McDonagh of Ireland’s Association of Catholic priests said it was obvious from the language of the new missal that not a single woman had been consulted while it was being drawn up.

Critics say the new missal includes multiple uses of the use of man and meant to mean both men and women.

Fr McDonagh said it is regrettable priests had to fight a linguistic battle over inclusiveness when it should be taken for granted.

The first of many changes were introduced in Ireland last Sunday and despite criticism from priests, the Irish bishops have supported the new text.

The Irish Times reports reactions of the people to the new translation from Latin are mixed.


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