Published 14/09/2011 | 05:00
•Perhaps those who have decided to initiate the new version of the Roman Missal to our weekend Mass should have firstly read a book I came across in the library today called 'The Handbook of Non-Sexist Writing'.
Interestingly, the writer notes that 'Ercongota', a daughter of a 7th-century English king, is described in the 'The Anglo Saxon Chronicle' as "a wonderful man".
In Old English, the word man meant 'person' or 'human being'. It was parallel to the Latin 'homo' -- 'a member of the human species', not vir -- 'an adult male of the species'.