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21Aug/089

Vatican bans the use of the Divine Name in Catholic Churches

The following news articles is proof that the world is rapidly moving to a One World Religion with the Noahide Laws (as Jewish Talmudists interpret them) are enforced globally in order to unite peoples with one basic creed "generally" acceptable to most. Also see: BEWARE OF THE NOAHIDE LAWS and Ban on the Pronunciation of The-Name for more information on this alarming development.

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Vatican bars use of `Yahweh' in Catholic churches
-- Francis X. Rocca
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics at worship should neither sing nor pronounce the name of God as "Yahweh," the Vatican has said, citing the authority of both Jewish and Christian practice.

The instruction came in a June 29 letter to Catholic bishops conferences around the world from the Vatican's top liturgical body, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, by an explicit "directive" of Pope Benedict XVI.

"In recent years the practice has crept in of pronouncing the God of Israel's proper name," the letter noted, referring to the four-consonant Hebrew "Tetragrammaton," YHWH.

That name is commonly pronounced as "Yahweh," though other versions include "Jaweh" and "Yehovah." But such pronunciation violates long-standing Jewish tradition, the Vatican reminded bishops.

"As an expression of the infinite greatness and majesty of God, (the name) was held to be unpronounceable and hence was replaced during the reading of sacred Scripture by means of the use of an alternate name: `Adonai,' which means `Lord,"' the Congregation said.

That practice continued with Christianity, the letter explained, recalling the "church's tradition, from the beginning, that the sacred Tetragrammaton was never pronounced in the Christian context nor translated into any of the languages into which the Bible was translated."

Invoking a Vatican document from 2001, the Congregation reminded bishops that the name "Yahweh" in Catholic worship should be replaced by the Latin "Dominus" (Lord) or a word "equivalent in meaning" in the local language.

The Vatican's move will require changes in a number of hymns and prayers currently used in American churches, but not to the Mass itself, said the U.S. bishops' top liturgical official.

Catholic News Service quoted an Aug. 8 letter from Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Divine Worship, informing American prelates of the policy.

The Vatican's instruction, Serratelli wrote, would serve as "an encouragement to show reverence for the name of God in daily life, emphasizing the power of language as an act of devotion and worship."
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  1. I believe that the real reason for eliminating the Divine Name (Jehovah) is to support the Trinity doctrine, which, of course, is not taught in the Bible. Jesus is always referred to as the son, and sons always have Fathers. And as many know, only Jehovah is referred to as THE Father.

  2. I do not subscribe to the ban on the name of our Heavenly Father. This ban violates Torah @ D’varim 4:2 & 10:20. Careful observation of the Tanach reveals no such ban, but rather, on the contrary the name of our Heavely Father was to be remembered throughout all generations (Shemot 3:15) and proclaimed (Shemot 9:16) in all the earth.

    Our Master ‘Yeshua Ha Mashiyach publically invoked the name of His Father since he testified that he came in the name of the Father and that his teaching (Torah at Sinai) was not his own but the Father’s who sent him. ‘Yeshua came, among other things, to glorify His Father by proclaiming His name in all the earth and that His Father’s name would be remembered throughout all generations. As Moshe fulfilled Torah, so ‘Yeshua M’Nzaret the true Ha Mashiyach would fulfill Torah.

    If anyone’s will is to do God’s will (Torah at Sinai), he will know whether ‘Yeshua’s teaching is from God or whether ‘Yeshua is speaking on his own authority.

    The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but the one (‘Yeshua M’Nzaret) who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.

  3. i use to be a roman catholic, but because of this reason and others, such as kissing the feet of an idol form of Jesus made me wake up from the dream that i was under while practicing in this religion. know that the bible does state that you should not add to God’s words or take away from it. in Rev 22:18-19 you will find what i mean. as far the idol issues go, psl 115:4-8.

  4. (Romans 10:13-14) 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” 14 However, how will they call on him in whom they have not put faith? How, in turn, will they put faith in him of whom they have not heard? . . .

    (John 17:25-26) . . . Righteous Father, the world has, indeed, not come to know you; but I have come to know you, and these have come to know that you sent me forth. 26 And I have made your name known to them and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them.”

    The Catholic Church has little to do with following the teachings of the Bible, so it comes as little surprise that yet another teaching falls away while they stick to their rituals and piety.

    Jesus had a work he was sent to do, and it was the sanctification of Gods name, the world that spurned him and put him to death has tried to extinguish that work and has tried to put out all memory of that name, through confusion, misinformation and lies, all the while pretending to be his fellow worker and disciple.

    For example, they say in earlier tranlsations of the Bible that first removed Gods name in more than 7000 places that it was unclear how to pronounce it, because the Hebrew Aramaic scrpitures lacked vowels or similar marks, yet they did not remove the name of Adam, Elijah, Eve, Moses, or any other of the thousands of names in that script, only the most important one, which the presence of it would disprove any number of following doctrines which they developed.

    Some also stated as the article above that there is a long held superstition that calling on the name of God would bring His wraith upon you, why then does the Bible, the one true and reliable source for the mind of God say to call on His name?
    In dozens of places it says whoever calls on his name will be saved, just read the songs of David in Psalms, some of them he sings the name of Jehovah dozens of times, how can it be said it is a Jewish tradition to not call his name?

  5. Letter quote: “But such pronunciation violates long-standing Jewish tradition, the Vatican reminded bishops.”

    Matthew 15:3 “Why is it you also OVERSTEP the commandments of God BECAUSE OF YOUR TRADITION?

    Mark 7:13 “and thus you make the word of God INVALID by YOUR TRADITION which you handed down. And MANY THINGS SIMILAR to this you do.

    Colossians 2:8 “Look out: Perhaps there may be someone who will CARRY YOU OFF AS HIS PREY through the philosophy and EMPTY DECEPTION according to the TRADITION of men…”

    So, let them have their Jewish (Judaism) TRADITIONS and EMPTY DECEPTIONS that OVERSTEP God’s commandments (laws), and their blind followers who “loved it that way”. Jesus will say to them, “… I never knew you! Get away from me, you WORKERS OF LAWLESSNESS.” In spite of their efforts obscure God’s name, His name, Jehovah WILL be made known, so that all those who recognize the need and want to call on Jehovah to be saved, can do so.

  6. This position to denounce the name of the God of the Bible does not represent the truth. On the extreme, it might amount to apostasy. Recall that the instruction says the church needs to return to old Jewish tradition of not using the name. History shows that Jews rejected their covenant with their God and began hobnobbing with the gentile nations. It was at this time that they replaced the divine name. That is not a good example.
    The other point is to note that most other biblical names are based on the divine names- ELIJAH, ISAIAH to mention only few. To be logical, all these other names should not b used. How will that sound? On the other hand, using these names and banning the use of the basis for other names is hypocrisy. Th Divine name was revealed too be used. Rebel refused to use the name. Any attempt to use it, is sincerity of heart. If the determination not to use it is because none is sure of how it was pronounced, then do not replace. Replacement amount to fraud while using other forms of it in other names. Stop the fraud

  7. Even the Christians is confused of their God name..

  8. Another PR move the Vatican makes in order to try to look as least-criticizeable as possible. When you start disguising conformism with theology, you start compromising truth for convenience. Jewish tradition, ancient as it is, was part of the Old Testament prohibition which doesn’t apply since YHWH isn’t really God’s real name – it’s a name He used, giving to Moses (Exodus 3, 6), so that the people could call Him something other than the generic “God” (Exodus 3:13ff.) – which we are comfortable with today.

    But if the angel who gave the good news of Samson’s conception to his parents said no sound in the world could pronounce his name (Judges 13:17-18), how much more can we expect the case to be with God’s name?

  9. Several of the previous comments were good. However, I find it quite ironic to hear Linda’s argument for why we shouldn’t change God’s name, which was actually good, but then she finishes it by calling Him Jehovah! If Lord is not good enough to use then Jehovah should certainly not be used (the consonants of YHWH plus the vowels from adonai “Lord” inserted and then with the Y converted to J! While we should continue to discuss it and strive to bring glory to God in the highest way possible, luckily for us, it is not a critical matter as our Heavenly Father searches our innermost hearts and our spirit and knows our love for Him intimately and our quest for His truth either way.


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