[quote=Sherlock]Someone else has already explained what “inclusive” language is, and Mickey is absolutely right: it must be resisted.
It is very telling to me that she is a 3rd order but does not go to Mass that often. What is the point of being in an order, if not to bring one closer to God, and to be in service to God? If she is missing Mass for less than good reasons (which I would suspect, given that you say that she doesn’t go often), then she is committing serious sin. She adds to that sin by being a bad example to others, as some might assume that she knows something (by virtue of belonging to an order) that they don’t: she is giving credibility to not going to Mass. This is an order that is seriously screwed up. I would write to your bishop so he can know what is going on in his diocese, but I’m not sure he can do a whole lot about it: I think religious orders generally are under their own rule, not the diocesan bishop. (I could be wrong here…someone correct me if that’s incorrect.) What is the order?
I doubt that this order will prosper, as it sounds simply like an institution of dissent. Often, you’ll find that these dissenting orders tend to be older and dying out (in their 50s and older), while the orthodox orders are increasing.
Words mean things. There is a reason that Jesus used the term “Father”. To suggest that gender is meaningless is to deny the very meaning of the design of our bodies. I would suggest that this woman read some books on the “Theology of the Body”–Christopher West has CD’s and books that will help her, if she’s willing to listen. If not, become familiar with it yourself, and you’ll be better able to defend against this nonsense. And the kingdom of heaven is just that—a kingdom. It ain’t a democracy. We do indeed have a Lord, not a Fellow Person. Your friend has bought the modernist view that reduces everything to power—who has it; how do I get it; who has more than I do. How sad and pitiful this outlook is, and how stark in contrast with Jesus’ humility and teaching. How narcissistic…
She is in the Benedictines, and her favorite person is Sister(?) Joan Chittister. I believe this woman is in the Benedictine order. And oh, you should have heard her rail against Pope B16. She said, “I hate him, I hate him. I hated him when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, and I hate him now. I was so upset when he took the name Benedict, because that is my order.” You should have heard the venom in her voice. I am not good with comebacks, but if I were I would have thought to tell her how un-Christian that sentiment is - certainly not very God-like. :tsktsk:
By the way, she is not a friend, she is a co-worker. I have absolutely nothing against her, we just don’t know each other that well. Besides, if this is her view on Catholicism and the Pope, I don’t think our friendship would last very long.
Also, I totally agree with you and everyone else on this thread who spoke about power. Changing the wording is just that - a power play. Unfortunately, they (the feminists) are up against God and His servants. My vote is for God to win every round.