Star Wars characters wear robes. Priests wear vestments
Some new words and phrases have a certain charm or energy to them. Others are ugly, lazy or debased and come, all too often, from America, writes Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald.
But there is another community of speakers who seem to enjoy scraping the marble cladding off the language of Shakespeare and reducing it to brick. I mean, of course, the Catholic Church. This is one Romanist conspiracy that is sadly all too real.
Here are 10 examples of Catholic-speak that should be banned.
1. Formation This word has nothing to do with making things out of clay or Plasticine. Rather, you will encounter it in the following setting: “religious formation” or “clergy formation”. It means something wider than mere education or studies, and is supposed to cover all those activities that go on in seminaries.
Sometimes a priest may ask another priest: “Where did you do your formation?” The word comes to us from Italian (formazione) but what the priest really should be saying is: “Where did you do your training?”
2. Robes Those things you see your priest wearing at the altar? They are not robes. They are vestments. A robe is what you wear on your way to the bathroom. Judges wear robes, but priests vest. Priestly vestments are distinct and important. Robes sound like what they wore in Star Wars.
3. Share As in “thank you for sharing”. The only possible legitimate use of the word “share”, this side of California, is in the context of the stock market. So, instead of inviting people to share at the next meeting of the parish council, just turn and say: “So, what do you think?”
4. Delicate This is another import from Italian. Italians use the word delicato where we might use the words “awkward” or “embarrassing”. You are told that the situation in the parish is “delicate”. This means that everyone should bury their heads in the sand, because they are too embarrassed to mention some elephant in the room. Go ahead: mention it and see what happens. And while on that topic…
FULL STORY My banned list of 10 Church buzzwords (Catholic Herald)