“Words fail us: Priests respond to the new Missal a year later”

[Added: 11/16/2012] Scott Alessi ___________________________________________________________________ The new missal has made priests watch their language, but after one year most say the meaning of the Mass is getting lost in translation. There was plenty of chatter in the pews when the new Roman Missal landed in parishes last November, as Catholics fretted about the at times […] Read More

“Words fail us: Parishioners respond to the new Missal a year later”

[Added 11/16/2012] Megan Murphy-Gill _________________________________________________________________________ Reporting straight from the pews after a year of the new translations, U.S. Catholic readers say they are still stumbling through the prayers. Stilted, awkward, unnatural, strange, choppy, clumsy, obtuse. If you read these words in a movie review, would you head for the ticket line or run in the […] Read More

Grading the Missal

[Added 7/5/2012] Edward Foley, Don Shane, Diana Macalintal, Jan Michael Joncas ________________________________________________________________________ The new translation of the Roman Missal was implemented in parishes on the first Sunday of Advent, 2011, six months ago. To explore how Catholics in the pews and behind the altar are receiving the translation, we asked four people from around the […] Read More

Translation Ecclesiology

Click on the article title below to read Translation Ecclesiology by James Dallen. The article is a bit lengthy but you will be glad you read this excellent piece on the translation and it’s inherent ecclesiological message, that is what the translation tells us about who and what the Church is and should be. Translation […] Read More

Poorly worded: Can we have a Mass that speaks to real people? [Added 1-2012]

[Added 1-2012] William J. O’Malley, SJ The translators of the new Mass prayers have neglected one cardinal rule: Consider your audience. As the days dwindled before their triumphal entry, the new liturgical changes had not yet risen to even an underwhelming response. “One in being” in the creed pretty much satisfied the mass of still-loyal […] Read More

Embracing Change in the Church [Added 1-2012]

In 2010, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops published many bulletin inserts for parishes to use to introduce the New Roman Missal to parishioners.  One of these was entitled Embracing Change in the Church.  To read the USCCB version click here. One of our team wrote a response as follows… Our Response  We begin with […] Read More

10 Questions on the New Roman Missal [Added 1-2012]

In 2010, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops published many bulletin inserts for parishes to use to introduce the New Roman Missal to parishioners.  One of these was entitled 10 Questions on the New Roman Missal.  To read the USCCB version click here. Two of our team members wrote their response to the 10 […] Read More

Catholics’ Mass liturgy changing; ‘ritual whiplash’ ahead?

[Added 11-2011] Michelle Bourstein, Published: October 27, 2011 English-speaking Catholics are bracing for the biggest changes to their Mass since the 1960s, a shift some leaders warn could cause “ritual whiplash.”The overhaul, which will become mandatory Nov. 27, is aimed at unifying the more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide with a translation that is as […] Read More

Where did the new Mass translations come from? [Added 11-2011]

[Added 11-2011] Bryan Cones How did we arrive at this translation of the Mass? As Catholics in the United States get accustomed to new responses and prayers at Sunday Mass, many will probably ask: Why did the Mass change? The answers have to do with changes to the Latin text upon which the English translation […] Read More

Group offers petitions, protest letters to Catholics unhappy with translation

[Added 11-2011] Cheryl Wittenauer on Nov. 07, 2011 The newly translated Roman Missal, the text of liturgical prayers and responses, will be launched later this month at Masses in U.S. Roman Catholic churches. And at least one group hopes that once Catholics hear its very different-sounding language, they’ll be moved to protest and press for […] Read More

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