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_ September 16, 1994 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I St. Meinrad monk, other scholars, support inclusive language By JERRY FILTEAU tended to include women as Catholic News Service well as men. The statement was sent to Pope John Paul II, heads of Vatican congregations for doc- trine and divine worship and the nation's active cardinals. Board members at the Catholic Biblical Association board's annual meeting Aug. 13 in San Diego adopted the statement unanimously. Its public release from the associa- tion's offices in Washington was delayed until Sept. 8 to allow time for the pope and other church officials to receive their copies first. The board statement comes at a time when some U.S. Catholic groups are trying to get the U.S. bishops to move away from their endorsement of inclusive language in the liturgy and back to more tradi- ernment stepping in. Sen. Connie Mack III, R- Fla., whose grandfather for a half century was owner-man- ager of the Philadelphia Ath- letics, said in a pre-strike statement, "The posturing off the field in recent years has WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Executive Board of the Catholic Biblical Association of America has backed the U.S. ps' criteria for inclusive versions of Scripture the liturgy. The Scripture scholars said the criteria the bishops adopted in 1990 for evaluating translations used in promote "legitimate representation of the original authors' intentions." They urged the bishops "to to instruct all in the appropriate- usive language." Inclusive language means alternative phrasing to terms like "mankind," for references in- gton _ from page 4 Mitchell, D-Maine, long to take the baseball :vamissioner,s job once he .'ayes the Senate, said in the days of the strike that the Spute should be decided by participants without gov- MILLER & MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 4US 231 SOUTH. 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The principles call for a modified approach, utilizing the tradi- tional masculine language for God found in Scripture but using various translation tech- niques to avoid overly repeti- tious use of masculine pro- nouns referring to God. made the institution of base- ball look confused and adrift. The only think that has saved baseball is the game on the field." Bob Meade, vice president of the American Arbitration As- sociation, said his private, non- profit group offered mediation services but never got a reply. The players and owners, though, took help from the Federal Mediation and Concili- ation Service. Mediators are rarely like "Henry Kissinger, shuttling back and forth between the parties," Meade said. Instead, "they recommend solutions that the parties didn't think of." On Sept. 9 the players pro- posed a tax on all team rev- enues, and the owners pro- posed a tax on all salaries past a certain point, with either tax to be distributed to financially ailing teams. That is "the sort of creative thing a seasoned ar- bitrator would've come up with weeks ago," Meade said. One uncommon perspective on the strike's affect on fans comes from Father Michael Molnar, who was pastor of the now-closed St. Boniface-St. Vincent Parish, just a few blocks from Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Income from use of the church parking lot for fan parking on game days helped balance the parish books. An analogy could be drawn between parishioners without a church to go to and baseball fans without a stadium to go to, said Father Molnar, now pastor of St. Theodore Parish in suburban Westland, Mich. "Those who were strongly faithful to the church and un- derstood the reasons (for parish closings) just went to another church," Father Mol- nar said. "Those who were very attached to that one particular church, I would imagine there were some who still aren't going to church." Disaffected fans could simi- larly stay away, believing the strike to be a deep breach of trust. And away they'll stay "un- less they cut (ticket) prics in half," Father Molnar laughed. After the strike, they'll proba- bly raise ticket prices." The bishops have been deal- ing with questions of exclusive and inclusive language in the liturgy since the late 1970s. The 1990 criteria they adopted were developed jointly by their doctrine and liturgy commit- tees. One of the main current questions concerning inclusive translations of Scripture in liturgy is that of a revised Lec- tionary, the book of readings used for the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. All current authorized edi- tions of the Lectionary avail- able in the United States are still based on the first edition, issued by the Holy See about five years after the Second Vatican Council, although the Holy See issued a second, re- vised edition in 1981. In their efforts to produce a revised English Lectionary based on Rome's second edi- tion, the U.S. bishops: -- Have given their ap- proval, and received confirma- tion from the Holy See, for liturgical use of the inclusive- language New Revised Stan- dard Version of Scripture. Have appraved and re- ceived similar confirmation for liturgical use of the inclusive- language version of the Psalms in the New American Bible. -- Approved but are still awaiting the Holy See's confir- mation of a revised New Amer- ican Bible Lectionary using in- clusive language. Have been delaying publi- cation of the New Revised Standard Version Lectionary in order to give it and the pending revised New American Bible Lectionary equal footing in the market by simultaneous publication. Members of the Catholic Biblical Association Executive Board who attended the Aug. 13 meeting and approved the statement on inclusive lan- guage principles were: -- Jesuit Father John R. Donahue of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., president. Benedictine Father Joseph Jensen of The Catholic University of America, Wash- ington, executive secretary. -- Benedictine Father Aelred Cody of St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Ind., general editor of Catholic Bib- lical Quarterly. -- Father Michael L. Barre of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, gen- eral editor of CBQ-Monograph Series. -- Auxiliary Bishop Emil A. Wcela of Rockviile Centre, N.Y., the association's past president and chairman of the board of trustees. -- Gale A. Yee of St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn., consultor. Father John P. Hell of St. Louis (Mo.) Roman Catholic Theological Seminary, consul- tor. Jesuit Father William S. Kurtz of Marquette University in Milwaukee, consultor. Father Frank J. Matera of The Catholic University of America, consultor. 11