Catholics Will No Longer Address God as ‘Yahweh’

via RI Catholic

WASHINGTON – In the not-too-distant future, songs such as “You Are Near,” “I Will Bless Yahweh” and “Rise, O Yahweh” will no longer be part of the Catholic worship experience in the United States.

At the very least, the songs will be edited to remove the word “Yahweh” – a name of God that the Vatican has ruled must not “be used or pronounced” in songs and prayers during Catholic Masses.

Father Ronald E. Brassard, the pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Cranston, said the new directive is “a good thing. This directive is the Church showing great sensitivity to… our Jewish brothers and sisters.”

The Tetragrammaton is YHWH, the four consonants of the ancient Hebrew name for God. Continue reading