Pope Benedict was a known "traditionalist" when he was elected as the Pope. We all knew he was gonna be a bit, er, um, conservative.
Now we know he is just to the right of the Spanish Inquisition.
First it was his ban on "modern" music, e.g, anything composed after the Magna Carta was signed. No more tambourines and banjos during Sunday Mass. That would mean no piano, guitars or drums either. No Contemporary Xian music & definitely no Southern Gospel, though the latter was condemned as "worldly & Devil's Music" back 120 years ago when it first grabbed hold here in the South, though it never was accepted elsewhere. Still, I'm sure there were a few pieces written in the 18th century the Pope kinda likes; bet he doesn't want anyone to know that he taps his foot with those Baroque hits from the likes of Jacopo Peri & Domenico Scarlatti.
Now, he has decided that saying God's "name" during the mass is a no-no. That's right: saying the name is too, well, uh, modern.
According to the article from Religious News Service:
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.
There you have it, folks. The Pope has decided that just like Israel of 4000 years ago, the possibility of saying God's name in a flippant manner means we should ban even the pronouncement of the name. Never mind the a lifestyle that mocks the Name. Never mind an internal attitude that denies the Name. Never mind the callous actions that bring reproach on the Name. Forget all that. Just don't say the Name & you won't have to worry about violating the 3rd Commandment.
Yesiree. It is all about external facade. Returning to the legalism is sure gonna make better disciples.