Can You Say ‘Consubstantial’?

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A survey of U.S. Roman Catholic priests released Tuesday says most of them don’t like the new Missal and want it revised.

Comments were overwhelmingly negative, and nearly three in five disliked the new text, introduced in November 2011, the survey found. According to the executive summary:

This survey shows fairly widespread skepticism about the new Missal by U.S. Catholic priests, with strong differences in opinion between the majority of priests who do not like the Missal and the minority who do.

When it comes to the particular vocabulary that the Missal introduced to the Mass, about 80 percent made comments that “do not affirm it.”

Words were described to be “archaic,” “lofty,” “distracting,” and “foreign.” Some words like “graciously,” “laud,” and “we pray” are repeated too often. Among other words identified as unfavorable are: “consubstantial,” “beseech,” “prevenient,” “chalice,” “oblation” and “dewfall.”

Those who affirmed the vocabulary identified similar words as those who disliked the vocabulary, but claimed that the words are not problematic for them.

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