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A Liturgist's Guide to Inclusive Language Paperback – January 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press; annotated edition edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814622577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814622575
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ronald D. Witherup (born 1950) is superior general of the Society of St. Sulpice (the "Sulpicians" order), and was a former dean and professor at St. Patrick Seminary; he has written many other publications, such as The Bible Companion: A Catholic Handbook for Beginners, Biblical Fundamentalism: What Every Catholic Should Know, Scripture: Dei Verbum (Rediscovering Vatican II), etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1996 book, "the goal of this book is threefold. First, it intends to inform and educate the average Catholic about some of the complexities of inclusive language... Second, it aims to provide a type of 'handbook' for diocesan and parish liturgy groups, and for all liturgical ministers... Third, it provides a resource for further study." He notes in his Introduction that, although Protestants have written much literature about inclusive language, "little has been written from a Roman Catholic perspective." (Pg. 4)

As an example of change in liturgy, he points out that long before the rubrics permitted the celebrant to refer to Christ shedding his blood for "all" rather than "all MEN," many priests "had made the simple deletion of the offensive word." While not condoning "the violation of liturgical rubrics," he adds that "sometimes changes in the Church occur in this manner." (Pg.
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