26 January 2010

New Translation of the Roman Missal

It's been fascinating to follow the debate about the new translation of the Roman Missal. We had an ongoing clergy training day back in the autumn which was excellently presented by Mgr Bruce Harbert, a priest of the Archdiocese who was heavily involved in it's transmission with the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, known as ICEL.

America Magazine, on 14 December, carried an article from Father Michael Ryan arguing that we ought not to rush into publication citing various problems as he saw it. He posed the question: What if we just said, “Wait”? This was followed swiftly by a website asking people to sign a petition. You can read the article in it's entirety here.

Needless to say, there was an even swifter response to begin an alternative website entitled “We've waited long enough!” This week, America Magazine has an article by Fr Peter Stravinskas in response to the above article from Fr Ryan. You can read Fr Stravinskas' article here.

Both articles come with comments, too, which in themselves make for interesting reading. If this is your thing, then you have perhaps already read all about their view points. For me, I think it makes for interesting debate, but ultimately it seems the bishops have spoken and perhaps we ought now to be getting on with the job in hand. Perhaps flippantly, yes, but sincerely meant, at our training day my thoughts were simply - give me the book and I'll say what is written!

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