Faithful and priests urged to avoid using 'sexist' missal
Priests and Mass-goers have been urged not to use parts of the new prayer book that uses 'sexist' language, writes John Cooney
The new Roman missal, produced by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, is to be introduced in all Catholic churches by November 27.
However, the recently-formed Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has criticised the new text, claiming it is archaic, elitist and obscure.
The association has said "many women will be rightly enraged by the continued deliberate use of non-inclusive language".
Battle lines between dissident clergy and the Irish Bishops Conference, which supports the changes ordered by Rome, intensified last night after a private meeting in Portlaoise of the ACP.
A small group of protesters who disagree with the ACP's views, picketed outside the venue while the meeting was taking place.
The ACP unanimously accepted a motion recommending that "priests and people avoid using the sexist language that pervades the new missal".
ACP member Fr Tony Flannery said priests were "baffled that while generous provision has been made for the Latin Mass, no provision is being made to accommodate the far greater number of people who will have difficulty for different reasons with the new missal".
Fr Flannery said such exemptions were possible under Vatican guidelines.