13 May 2021, The Tablet

Have the bishops gone far enough?

New Bible translation


The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have been quietly at work rectifying what would otherwise gave been a glaring act of discrimination and injustice. They had decided in principle that extracts from the Bible to be read at Mass should in future use a modified edition of the English Standard Version – Catholic Edition that avoided the exclusive language of the original, whereby “men” is used to mean “men and women”, and “he” meant “he or she”. Realising that this would be an inexcusable mistake, they have been working their way through the text line by line, including women in, wherever they would otherwise have been excluded out.

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