From a priest reader:
I [recently] presided at a wedding in my parish. I also attended the reception at which the Best Man gave the customary speech/toast.
The Best Man was the Groom’s nephew and in the course of a lengthy speech he related what a privilege and honor it was to be in the sanctuary and witness at such close range the look on the couples’ faces as they exchanged their vows.
He said, "…the love that they share was so clearly visible in their eyes as they said their vows. I was so moved at how much these two beautiful people are in love. The power of what they share was INEFFABLE".
I almost laughed out loud when he said that.
Once again, here is proof that your average run-o-the-mill American not only understands the word ineffable but he was able to use it in a sentence correctly! Poor Bishop Trautman. He may indeed be a great intellect and he may also truly believe that he is serving the Church. That’s why he’s so sad because he is also just SO wrong, especially on this point. Yet, he insists that Americans don’t use words like ineffable. He just doesn’t get it. The ship has already sailed and yet he stands on the dock angrily demanding that the tide turn back again in his direction. Very sad, really.
Thanks for that excellent anecdote.
Yes… alas the problem is that many of our shepherds who embrace(d) the progressivist trends in liturgy, theology and catechesis think people aren’t very smart.
We think the opposite.
These days people might lack the formation they deserved over the decades and there will always be some people who are lazy or who truly have a hard time understanding things, but for the most part people are smart and have good will. If you give them good and challenging things about their faith they will stretch to grasp them.
And words like "ineffable" just aren’t that hard.