New Word: Perfidious

Perfidious – tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans; “Punic faith”; “the perfidious Judas”; “the fiercest and most treacherous of foes”; “treacherous intrigues”

According to the New York Times, the Latin Mass that the Pope reauthorized on 7/7/7 will not refer to Jews as perfidious. Excellent. Of course, it will still call for the conversion of the Jews, but hey, that’s all part of the cheering for your side, right?

For my friends and family members who are Catholic, I’m sure the Pope’s decision to restore this Mass has more intimate and complex meaning. For me, it illustrates how important it is to move the whole society with you when you are making reforms. A society’s official position can be changed with an election. To make real change, the kind of change we are called to make, the official position must become irrelevant.

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