Friday, February 10, 2006

Father on Earth, Father in Heaven

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Homosexuality and Hope: Statement of the Catholic Medical Association

If you've ever visited the Vatican you probably have a copy of L'Osservatore Romano (The Roman Observer) which you may have snagged as a free souvenir of your excursion to the smallest nation in the world. I've received this email from Father Tom Carleton who operates regarding recent changes in the English version of the official Vatican City newspaper.

Dear Friends, Ave Maria!

As you all know, it has been the centuries-old tradition in the vernacular languages to capitalized pronouns and possessive pronouns referring to Almighty God and to our Divine Lord Jesus. Faithful translations of the Popes' letters and addresses into the vernacular tongues have always maintained this important sign of respect for the majesty of God and the divinity of Our Blessed Lord. The English translations coming now from the English Edition of the Osservatore Romano have systematically stopped this Catholic protocol, most recently in the Pope's encyclical.

Fortunately the expert translators of Papal material into the Portuguese, Italian and Spanish tongues continue to follow this respectful practice which exists also in their own traditions. It is certainly evident that the clergy and faithful in these countries would not accept the introduction of referring to the Divinity in the lower case, and it is equally certain that we should not accept anything less regarding our own Catholic tradition. The respectful reference to God in the upper case, incidentally, is a practice followed also by devout Protestants.
So I am asking all of you, who feel so inspired, to send a letter or e-mail to the Director of the Osservatore Romano, Signor Mario Agnes, expressing your displeasure at this callous and disrespectful practice and requesting that the editors correct the texts on the internet and in any future printed versions.
The email address of the Osservatore is:
or Direttore MARIO AGNES
"L'Osservatore Romano"
00120 Cittá del Vaticano"
And I say to you: Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God. But he that shall deny Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God" (Lk. 12, 8-9).
Thank you alland may God bless you.
In Christ, Father Thomas Carleton

I've traded a few emails with Father Carleton, who has been good enough to offer his input on future cartoons promoting the conscience convicting reality of Fetal-Pain.
Thanks to both What Would Jesus Download and Left Wing = Hate for adding faithmouse to their respective cartoon pages. Thanks to Brother Vern for posting the recent 'Conceived' cartoon. Faithmouse is also the subject of recent posts and ongoing discussions in a number of not ready for prime time internet venues.

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