No. Catholics do not tend to speak like a specific people. We do not speak in a way that’s very different (if at all) than anyone else, than any other religious group or community. The same slang, the same tones, the same sarcasm/irony. And hell, even the same curses!

There are exceptions, but I’m speaking about the Catholics in the maintain.

When people say they’re different, as Catholics are saying by saying they’re Catholics, usually there are signs to prove the difference. The Church says its four signs, or marks, are “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” But this is theological, and it’s not really what I’m thinking about.

I’m thinking about how the man in the street can greet another person and signal he’s of faith. This is the first step toward thinking of other Catholics as part of the same team. And teams are necessary to win in some way, which we all like doing.

Even the basic language we’ve used for so long is being wiped out of the vernacular — things like “Anno Domini/AD” are being replaced with the academically acrobatic and scholastically pointless “Common Era/CE” signifiers. In researching this stuff I came across this neat once-upon-a-time language:

[In] Article VII of the U.S. Constitution: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth.”

Of course, “Anno Domini” means simply “Year of our Lord”, but I wonder what effect it might have after a few years (or even months) if Catholics started the practice of speaking about time once again measured in the time of the Creator.

Imagine Catholics suddenly signing their names with some signifier of living in the “Year of our Lord” or if people used some similar language in greeting or leaving one another. Small things like this can seem silly, and they are small things. But more often than we admit it’s the small things that have the greatest impact.

Thinking out loud…