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Sophia and Calling God She Followup QUESTION from Andrew Phillpotts May 26, 1999 Below is a follow-up on the question from Andrew Phillpotts on May 19th.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius on May 26, 1999 This is a follow-up to my answer about Sophia and calling God she.
John Miskell in our Liturgy Forum quoted from the document that I was trying to think of about this subject. I copy it here for this forum to provide clear evidence of the Church's teaching on this.
NORMS FOR THE TRANSLATION OF BIBLICAL TEXTS FOR USE IN THE LITURGY issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1995 and approved by John Paul II. In this document we find the following instructions: 4/3. In fidelity to the inspired Word of God, the traditional biblical usage for naming the persons of the Trinity as Father, Son and Holy Spirit is to be retained.
4/4. Similarly, in keeping with the Church's tradition, the feminine and neuter pronouns are not to be used to refer to the person of the Holy Spirit..
4/5. There shall be no systematic substitution of the masculine pronoun or possessive adjective to refer to God in correspondence to the original text.
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