Sunday, September 10, 2017

A liturgical expert explains Pope Francis' change to Mass translation rules


A liturgical expert explains Pope Francis' change to Mass translation rules






A guide to the new wording in the Mass is pictured in a pew. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)
The question of who has appropriate responsibility for the translation of liturgical texts has been a kind of political football since the Second Vatican Council. On the one hand, the council clearly wanted that responsibility to rest mainly with episcopal conferences (i.e. national assemblies of bishops). On the other hand, even before the council ended, a Vatican instruction on implementing the liturgical reform put the weight of responsibility not on the national bishops conferences but on the recognition and confirmation of translated texts by the Holy See (i.e. the Congregation for Divine
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