Margaret MacCurtain, Sister Benvenuta, talks about sexist overtones in the Catholic Bible and why the Vatican is being forced to rethink the wording.

According to a report in the Irish Independent newspaper, the Vatican has given the go-ahead for the removal of some of the more sexist aspects of the Bible, largely as a result of pressure from Irish Catholics.

Margaret MacCurtain says what they really want is the use of inclusive language and that there is real hurt among women in the church about the use of exclusive language. 

Do you think that we're going to end up fairly soon with a Bible which does not refer to God as he?

Margaret MacCurtain believes that the Bible needs to be looked at creatively and references should be made to the spirit of God rather than he or she.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 April 1987. The reporter is Leo Enright.