Originally posted by JohnS.:
How will inclusive language preserve the True Faith?
It doesn't. It has not even made Catholic women in the Latin rite feel more included, unless they already do feel included, and want to BE included, and most of those good and faithful women understand what it means to say "mankind" and most of them figure if their own biological fathers were crud-balls then they have a Father in heaven who will ease their pain on earth and in heaven and also take care of those old crud-balls who fathered them as women.
Clearly the Byzantine commission has not been paying attention to anything but their own wisdom for the past umpteen years. The example of the Latin rite has passed them by clean, and they are apparently afraid of the Orthodox meanies down the block, if Father David is really to be believed on that score. How sad to fall back on that kind of emotionalism to explain why those hierarchs who are our friends were never consulted.
And now the rest of us are to understand that we are so highly emotional that we are incapable of rational thought on the matters at hand. And if we are not emotional then clearly we are ignorant, and clearly if we are not ignorant we are then without charity...etc. etc. etc.
Besides Father David says that he knows people who appreciate the work of the commission.
I know people who love liturgical dance and don't want anybody telling them when to pray or when or how to have sex.
So when all of the old Ruthenians die out and the Evangelicals discover en masse that this particular Church is a convenient route to Orthodoxy, where there are truly majestic liturgies to be found, then maybe the Father Davids of the world will dig their heads out from in that sandpile and give the Church a liturgy that will endure.
Eli the Ignorant Byzantine Emoticon