Bastardization Nation

Gerard Manley Hopkins praised God for “all things counter, original, spare, strange.” Nowadays there’s plenty that’s strange, no doubt about that, but most of it is half-baked, rehashed, bloated and bastardized — hardly original and rarely spare. Consider translations of the Bible, especially the massive farkleberry that is the New American Bible, foisted upon us in the 1970s and hanging around like so much bad architecture and music from that era that abides with us yet, not a “fickle, freckled” beauty mark such as Hopkins praised, but rather a monstrous growth, a giant, hairy mole or a goiter on the face of the Church, on the face of civilization itself. OK, let’s move on.

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