From the Spring, 1994 issue of Touchstone
Is <title>A Fig Leaf for the Creed by Paul Mankowski

A Fig Leaf for the Creed

“Inclusive Language” Comes to Mass

by Paul Mankowski

Consider, if you will, the sad but instructive case of Brother Paulinus Riordan of the Society of Jesus. In the late forties and fifties, Brother Riordan worked in the library of the novitiate of one of the midwestern Jesuit provinces. He could often be seen of a morning, so I’ve been told, sitting at his desk with a pair of scissors, a pot of glue, several sheets of thick colored paper, and a magnifying glass. His goal––that is, the Final Cause of his efforts––was to help preserve the purity of Jesuit novices, an entirely honorable task. His means consisted of snipping tiny bikini bras and panties out of the paper and carefully pasting th . . .


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