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Some people are freaking out a little in the wake of the news that the Holy Father decided to restrict the role of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the preparation of liturgical translations. Now the bishops conferences will be pretty much in charge the preparation and Rome won’t, on its own initiative, make changes before approval.
Keep a few things in mind:
Pope - Francis - NOT - Norms - Translation
1 – Pope Francis did NOT overturn the norms for translation in Liturgiam authenticam. If conferences prepare translations they have to conform to LA’s norms.
2 – The English speaking conferences which implemented a new translation in 2011 are unlikely to want to go to war again so soon. They won’t be changing the translation.
Rome - Approval - Staff - Bunch - Candybacksides
3 – Rome can still withhold approval. Pray that the staff there is good and strong and not a bunch of candybacksides.
4 – Remember that the Extraordinary Form is of equal dignity and that it has a far longer and richer track record that this johnny-come-lately, new-fangled form. If you don’t want to be caught in ever shifting prayer horizons, or if you simply want Latin (as the Council Fathers desired) and desire to be treated like an adult and see to your own translations with the help of a variety of old hand missal and other resources, you can vote with your feet. I’m just sayin’… be Vatican II! Go to the Extraordinary Form. After all, it’s got the Latin that Council mandated, Gregorian chant, every opportunity for full, active and actual participation that the Ordinary Form does. With the insights gained over the last 50 years or so, the older, traditional form also fulfills virtually all of the desires of the Council, if you put yourself into and don’t just sit, passively, and have it spoon fed to you in English with all sorts...
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