Page 4, 19th May 1989

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Page 4, 19th May 1989 — WE should all be grateful to Keith Mitchell (May 5)
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WE should all be grateful to Keith Mitchell (May 5)

for his exposure of the double-speak of Roman Catholic English, particularly if it helps us as Catholics to express ourselves more clearly, without resorting to jargon, on matters relating to Catholic institutions, practices. beliefs and worship.

Like all organisations and professions, when we use jargon — or "insider language" — we are effectively, if not deliberately, excluding others.

Much of our specialist terminology comes from a society and way of living long gone. It needs to he modified and updated if it is to be successfully used in conveying the Christian message to today's society. After all, a quarter of a century has elapsed since Pope John XXIII introduced aggiornamenlo — updating — to the Church.

It is true that we have the Mass in English, but much still remains to be done in putting the message over in the contemporary language of ordinary people — both inside and outside of the Church. Peter O'Hare Leicester




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