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We are back in the Archdiocese of Southwark, in their little set up that facilitates education for permanent deacons, parish administrators, ex nuns, catechists, feminists and so on.
The organisation is the Education Parish Service and, if you recall, I made passing reference to them in a post last week.
The EPS has a policy with regard to inclusive language (wouldn't you know it?) and it makes stirring reading.
You see, what I had not realised is that it's just not right that we exclude nice people when we pray or discuss matters theological.
It's quite wrong, bordering on a mortal sin (except we don't do mortal sin any longer), to talk of God as our Father because that excludes the 'Mother' side of God.
Our Lord was not quite on the right track when He said: "When you pray, say Abba (Father)" - the EPS regulations don't specify precisely what He meant by that but we can surmise that Our Lord was talking about a Swedish pop group that would revitalise the Faith in the wake of Vatican 2 ('By the Rivers of Babylon').
So HERE is their website page that tells us how we should phrase things - scroll down to 'EPS Policy on inclusive language' (it's a little lengthy but please stick with it until the thin red mist descends, and then go and lie down in a darkened room (I have not fisked it, I would not know where to begin):
EPS POLICY ON INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE