New English Translation of the Mass

by Steve Ray on March 6, 2009

(CatholicCulture.org) If you want to really understand why the Church is developing a new translation of the Mass, look no further than the brilliant address on this subject given by the new Archbishop of Detroit, who is also a member of the U.S. Bishops’ Worship Committee. Archbishop Allen Vigneron spoke at the Gateway Liturgical Conference in St. Louis in November.

Archbishop Vigneron’s talk has been published in the latest issue of the Adoremus Bulletin. It is the best thing I’ve seen, making everything wonderfully clear, and including excellent examples: The Art of Pastoral Translation at the Service of Communion.

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chad debrun March 7, 2009 at 5:21 AM

As a former catholic I wonder if you have ever looked outside the faith for your definitions of history. Who exactly wrote the Gospels and in what time frame did they write them? Was Jesus truly a “savier” or just a man with revolutionary ideas? Can you back up any of your beliefs with anything other than faith?

STEVE RAY HERE: HAVE I EVER READ … YOU ASK ME THIS AFTER I HAVE 20,000 BOOKS IN MY HOUSE, USED TO TEACH PROTESTANT THEOLOGY AND READ MY WAY INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. I HAVE WRITTEN ON ALL THESE TOPICS. YES, I AM A WELL-READ AND CONVINCE CATHOLIC — AND INVITE YOU TO DO THE SAME.

Mrs. Tim Hall March 26, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Re: the new translation, what am I to say when people in our parish say the Church is “going backward”? I was shocked last night to hear this in my RCIA class from one of the teachers. Here my husband, children and I are coming into the Church this spring after a lifetime of devout Protestantism, and we’re getting dissent at RCIA?! The DRE was not there last night and I wondered if that was why the teacher felt he could let his hair down, so to speak. We have read up on the “whys” of the new English translation and think it’s just common sense to rework what wasn’t done right.

STEVE RAY HERE: DON’T LET AN OLD FOGEY DISCOURAGE YOU. THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF LIBERAL OLD TEACHERS FROM THE 60′S AND 70′S WITH THEIR TIE-DIED T-SHIRT (AND THOSE THAT THEY’VE TAUGHT) BUT THEY ARE DYING OUT. HANG IN THERE!

Mrs. Tim Hall March 27, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, Steve. Someone told me awhile back, “Watch out for any catechist old enough to have been a hippie!” :D Sort of the like the old, “Don’t trust anyone over 30″ except now it’s “Don’t trust anyone over 60.” It’s funny I didn’t even mention his age (about 65). I guess you just could tell by what he said. It’s sort of funny in a way…

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