PETITION TO CARDINAL O’MALLEY

A Sincere Thank You… To all 801 people who signed the letter to Cardinal O’Malley From all over the U.S. and beyond…

It was mailed on September 10th And is due to arrive on September 12th…

May we continue to pray that this effort will bear good fruit.

 

September 8, 2013

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M., Cap.
Archdiocese of Boston
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184-3839

Dear Cardinal O’Malley:
We, the undersigned, are writing to you because you are one of Pope Francis’ eight newly appointed advisors. As laity and clergy who have had ample time to experience the new language and theology of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, we wish to share our concerns regarding its effects in many of our communities. We speak for the many people who were inspired by the liturgical changes brought about by Vatican II and challenged to grow in faith, hope and commitment to Christ, to each other and to the world.

Vatican II taught us that the liturgical principle to be held above all others is the "full, conscious, and active participation by all" the People of God. We believe that the words we pray should lift our hearts and minds to the abundance of a loving and compassionate God, who feeds us through Word and Eucharist. We understand the power of proclaiming words that call us forth to be true disciples, bringing hope and joy, peace and comfort, healing and justice to a weary world. Experience has taught us that the language of liturgy should be "of noble simplicity," that is, clear, simple yet elegant, easily understood and spoken.

We fear that the new words and theology reflected in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal fall abysmally short of sound liturgical principles. By choosing to use words, rhythms and syntaxes which reflect Latin syntax but are foreign to the common use of English, the focus on celebration of the Eucharist and Christ's presence among us takes second place to an awkward, obedient recitation of words. Those assembled, both priest and laity, are too often left reciting language which is confusing, scripturally and theologically unsound and, at times, just plain silly. It does little to lift our hearts and minds in thanksgiving and praise to the God who made us, the Christ who saves us out of extravagant love, and the Holy Spirit who inspires us.

The new language found in the Third Edition has, too often, become a stumbling block for many of us, both priests and laity, who find the language demeaning, with its emphasis on human unworthiness. We have taken our dignity and responsibility as the baptized People of God seriously. The Word and the Eucharist have nourished us and called us to become that which we have received. Indeed, the Eucharist has become the sign and summit of our faith in Christ. Reducing our worship to an awkward, confusing recitation in the name of faithfulness to a language no longer spoken- indeed, to a Latin which was revised before the 2002 edition- is a denial of who we are as the People of God.

We, the undersigned, pray that you will make our concerns known to those in the Vatican who need to hear them. We feel that we are speaking not only for ourselves but those who have been silenced by fear and despair.
Sincerely yours, in Christ

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