Religion: Speaking in Divers Manners

The contrast between the New American Bible and the Confraternity translation, the U.S. Roman Catholic standby since 1941, is evident in these familiar New Testament passages:

The "Our Father" (Matthew 6:9-13)

Old: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

New: Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily...