Monday, April 27, 2009

Don't Use The "J" Word
Not to be confused with the "N" word

If I start a joke by saying "a priest, a preacher and a rabbi walk into a bar..." does that mean I'm going to hell? Is that sinful, or is this just another example of PC run amok? OY VEY!! Or as they say in Yiddish: אױ װײ

But anyhow, here's some of the article from;

Australian Archbishop Bans Jokes About Jews
Published on: Apr 24, 2009 at 09:18 AM

The Archbishop of Adelaide has told Catholics they should not tell Jewish jokes or use the Jewish name Yahweh in readings and songs.

In a pastoral letter to priests, Archbishop Philip Wilson has asked for a substitute word such as Lord to be used instead of the Jewish sacred name. Archbishop Wilson says Catholics must be respectful and sensitive towards Jewish people.

"It won't be confusing if you use the word Lord as a substitute or another word as a substitute, then that will work really well.

"My sense about this is we have to be especially careful about the way that we talk about the Jewish people because of the way that they've been persecuted and treated for over a thousand years, and especially during the Holocaust in the Second World War," he said.
Archbishop Wilson failed to mention Polish Catholics, Catholic Gypsies, Ukrainian Catholics, trade unionists or anyone else who was thrown in the death camps. What's a few million dead Catholics? Such a schlemiel!

And as far as the use of 'Yahweh' is concerned, I guess the good archbishop didn't catch wind of the Vatican directive of more than a few months ago;

Holy See Stops Use of 'Yahweh' in Catholic Worship
The decree is contained in a letter to bishops from the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments dated June 29 and addressed to Episcopal conferences around the world.

VATICAN (CISA) - The Vatican has ruled that the word Yahweh must not "be used or pronounced" in songs and prayers during Catholic masses.

The decree is contained in a letter to bishops from the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments dated June 29 and addressed to Episcopal conferences around the world.


Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

I believe it is PC run amok. Great is Jehovah (Yahweh) the Lord! There I have said it. So excommunicate me!

Same reason the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus was changed by Pope John XXIII. Fear of offending the Jews. What did they think . . . that Jesus was not a Jew? Hah!

When are they gonna have a be kind to Catholics week?

The Nazis also wacked political prisoners, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses (Ooops! I mean The Lord's Witnesses), homosexuals, the mentally ill, and YES as the Cavey has stated, lots of Catholics, clerical, religious, and laity.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Old Bob said...

I generally agree with the Caveman and Adeodatus 49, especially about WWII. But I disagree about "PC run amok."

I was "into" Judaism and Yiddishkeit in my mid-teens (why is a long story; see my blog), and learned that this sacred name of God is never pronounced by a pious Jew. In the basic profession of faith, the Shema, it occurs twice, and in speaking, the word ADONAI, Lord, is substituted. I found out later that any time you see the word LORD in caps or small caps in the Bible, a Hebrew Bible will have the "tetragrammaton," the four Hebrew letters that make up the holy name.

In the fall of 1964 (I was 20), when the first baby boomers came to the U of M campus (I don't think this is coincidental), the folks at the Newman Center started singing the Gelineau Psalms, accompanied by guitar. I jumped when I heard the holy name sung out loud. (This was during Vatican II, and ecumenism was in the air.) Afterwards I said to one of the singers, a guy I knew from De La Salle High School, "We shouldn't do that. If anybody from Hillel walks in here, they'll be shocked at our irreverence." He replied, "This is the way it's going to be around here. If you don't like it, you can get the hell out."

Now that was PC run amok!

By the way, it got worse in the following years; the Newman Center priests turned into ultra-liberal thought police. But that's another story.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Greta said...

It is PC. Really getting tired as an orthodox Catholic to have this type of thing thrown at the Church over and over and over and to see the Church not stand up for its rights as the Church created by Jesus Christ and the One that he will be with to the end of time.

Reaching out does not mean that you have to stop preaching truth.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

With respect to our Jewish brethren, Christians have put a name to God in the Lord Jesus Christ. I do take your point (somewhat), Old Bob, about the Tetragrammeton, but not using YHWH in worship basically means I should discard my old Jerusalem Bible (original edition). It is not a perfect translation by any means, but it is an interesting experience for me to pray the psalms in which the name Yahweh is uttered.

6:30 PM  

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