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Bad Language

Rita Ferrone’s excellent column on “cup” vs. “chalice” (“Take This Chalice—Please,” July 11) will make little impression on the tin-eared members of the Vox Clara commission, largely responsible for the new translation of the Roman Missal. They “have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.” The problem is Latin. Everything must sound like Latin. English must be “...

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