You’re reading the title correctly. There is a private discussion group between just the writers/contributors to a major Catholic website that I contribute articles to (I won’t mention the website to not further add fuel to the fire for them). But anyways, last week on Wednesday was the Feast day of St. Anthony and we wanted to have an article with the title of “St. Anthony: Cooler than just finding lost shit.” It had to be changed from “shit” to “crap” to not offend certain individuals. Well, guess what. “Crap” still offended tons of people! We received, “this disgusts me.” And “I never thought I’d see the “C” word used in a Catholic website and in the title at that!”
All I have to say is that the C word, S word, F word, B word, may not be dignified, but I don’t think they’re immorally wrong because they refer to:
2) the conjugal act within the context of the chaste and loving marriage
3) a female dog.
People may use it to out of anger, but the intention to hurt and put down is the sinful determinant of the human moral act, not the word. Think about it…a knife is morally neutral, but it can used for good (to cut a steak) or for evil (to murder). It’s the same thing with words. Those “bad” words can be used to put someone down, or they can be used in a calm, light hearted, and objective manner.
BUT, I WILL say that there is ONE word that should NOT be said lightheartedly!!!
And that’s the name of our Lord. In fact, you can make reparation for those who use His name lightly but making a slight bow of your head (so not noticeable to others and therefore not giving off a “holier than thou” posture to others) every time you hear His name said irreverently. This would be an extension of bowing our heads during our Lord’s name at the Latin Mass.
On one last note, I would think I should NOT write this article, since I work for the Catholic Church right now and could get chewed out…but guess what. I’m trusting in God’s plan. Maybe there will be complaints that will cause unsatisfaction to my boss and his boss…But I’m doing it anyways 🙂
Feel free to comment below if you disagree. It’s possible that I could be wrong! I’m just speaking on emotions right now!
For more on using the word “shit” or “dung”, you can visit my other article at:
And for more on the name of Jesus, you can list the following:
Going old school with a chip on my shoulder,