In a world that often struggles with difficult and ambiguous moral issues, it is helpful to know that there are still a few places where standards do not change. But what if the very foundations we rely upon are subject to revision? What if words no longer mean what we thought they meant?
Such a possibility is arising today within the Roman Catholic Church, which for millions of Americans remains an institution where morality and language are supposed to be — like the Ten Commandments — written in stone.
I am not referring to the serial sexual abuse by priests scandal, an obvious break from everything that Scripture and Church teachings hold sacrosanct. Rather, what could be the effect of a linguistic change within Church liturgy itself?