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Monday, June 16, 2008

U.S. Bishops 'Blow It!' - English Novus Ordo At Risk

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: As I pointed out in a previous story the best thing liberal Catholics can do is not resist the traditional trends in the church. The addition of "innovation" and "modernization" to the liturgy will only result in an impending exodus of young people to the extraordinary-form (Tridentine) liturgy. What liberal Catholics fail to realize is that the pope's actions, regarding the Tridentine liturgy, are primarily prompted not only by his love for this historic faith but also by a renewed interest among the Church's youth. The biggest threat to the Novus Ordo (ordinary) liturgy is not the Tridentine mass, but continued innovation and modernization of the liturgy by misguided (but perhaps well-meaning) priests and bishops.

What is needed in the Novus Ordo liturgy is a renewed sense of the sacred - solemnity. The new English translation of the Novus Ordo is an important part of that, because it does much to help restore that sense of solemnity by the type of English we use. The failure of the American bishops to approve this reformed English translation is to the detriment of the Novus Ordo liturgy, and threatens it's very existence in the United States. The Vatican has already revoked the American bishop's permission to celebrate the mass according to the translation we currently use (read more here). Failure to approve a new translation - immediately - may result in further action from the Vatican. It would not be unthinkable for the Vatican to force the total revocation of the current English translation without a new English translation already in place. What would this mean? It means if the American bishops don't get their act together soon, they may very well find themselves celebrating the current Novus Ordo in it's original Latin instead of English, since the Latin is the only version of the Novus Ordo liturgy still approved by both the Vatican and American bishops....
(CNS) - Following a lively debate, the U.S. bishops left a 700-page translation of one section of the Roman Missal in limbo June 13 when it failed to obtain the number of votes needed to approve the text or to reject it. The translation of the proper prayers for Sundays and feast days during the liturgical year requires the approval of two-thirds of the 250 Latin-rite members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. But after more than a dozen bishops spoke against the translation, results of the voting were inconclusive. Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, USCCB president, did not announce the vote totals but said the document had not obtained the 166 "yes" votes needed to approve it or the 83 "no" votes that would have resulted in its rejection. USCCB members not present at the spring general assembly in Orlando will vote by mail on the issue. "John and Mary Catholic have the right to have prayers that are clear and understandable," said Bishop Donald W. Trautman of Erie, Pa., in speaking against the translation that had been in the works for more than two years....

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