It was one of his most trenchant utterances, full of fancy, wit, eloquence and elevated thought.
The controversies ' It was in this sense that it was understood by Dollinger, who pointed out that the definition of the dogma would commit the Church to all past official utterances of the popes, e.g.
They would indulge in prophecies of the last judgment, and back their threats with a string of strange, half-frantic and utterly unmeaning sounds, the sense of which no one with any intelligence could discover; for they were obscure gibberish, and merely furnished any fool or impostor with an occasion to twist the utterances as he chose to his own purposes.
It has been suggested that we here have recorded the utterances of glossolalists.
Jesus used the word to affirm his own utterances, not those of another person, and this usage was adopted by the church.