Rome declares use of Tetragrammaton forbidden

/ 24 August 2008

I think this is actually good news, particularly for the relationship of Catholicism with Judaism. Rome has recently declared pronouncing the Tetragrammaton — the four letters used in biblical texts to mark the name of God, often pronounced “Yahweh” in practice — as forbidden. It is already forbidden to speak in Jewish worship (most often people will say “Adonai” instead), but this instruction makes it Catholic practice as well. (Hat tip to the ActiveParishioner)