|A photo of the Abbey from last summer.|
Many, of course, are no longer satisfied with this argument when it comes to referring to us human beings. “Man” for many can only be used to refer to adult males and if you want to refer to males and females you are supposed to use “human beings”, “humanity” or “humans” (the worst option of all as far as I am concerned). However while throughout my twenties I was very careful (and believed it to be right too) to follow the new rules, I no longer do. I am no linguist nor am I a poet but “human”, “humanity”, and “human being” have become very burdensome to me and I no longer feel bound by these “new rules”. The “new rules” date from the 1960s and the rise of feminism. I largely reject the feminist perspective and certainly its revisionist strategies, so why should I obey these rules? It is just how English works!
At mass I read out the letter from the Archbishops defending the Christian definition of marriage, and alerting Catholics to the proposed re-definition of marriage in English law. I feel very pleased I am now in a church which knows what it believes and its leaders are prepared to go against fashionable thinking and declare the faith as received by the church. The Catholic position on marriage and homosexuality is contrary to the world, and it does make us sometimes seem unpopular, but what matters is the truth.