Apparently in the Synod some of the participants are concerned about language:
Speaking at this afternoon’s Vatican press briefing on the Synod on the Family English-language spokesman for the Synod, Fr. Thomas Rosica noted there has been much discussion about language in the Synod’s deliberations.
Fr. Rosica explained what he believed to be “one of the salient interventions” of the day, noting that according to the presenter, “language such as ‘living in sin’, ‘intrinsically disordered’, or ‘contraceptive mentality’ are not necessarily words that invite people to draw closer to Christ and the Church.”
“Marriage is already seen by many as being filtered in harsh language in the Church. How do we make that language appealing, and loving and inviting. We’re not speaking about rules or laws we’re speaking about a person who is Jesus who is the source of our faith, the leader of our Church, he is the one who invites us into a mystery.”
Go here to read the rest. Hmmm, well let’s see. What would we call sin to make it less harsh? An “oopsie” perhaps, or a little peccadillo? Fornication? Undocumented lovers? Shacking up? A family in formation? Homosexual? Differently abled sexually? Abortion? Baby go bye bye?
This desire to pretend that scarlet sins become white as wool without repentance by a simple language change is marvelous! Why haven’t we tried it before? However, they better not let the Guy who said the below into the Synod, or He would definitely harsh the mellow:
25Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within you are full of rapine and uncleanness. 26Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside may become clean.
27Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men’s bones, and of all filthiness. 28So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.