Thursday, September 09, 2010

Quote of the Day

In general, the new [Roman missal] translation's significance has to be situated within the conflicts underlying everything in Vatican II and its aftermath: how the Church deals with change; the relationship between Rome and local churches; how the Church addresses contemporary culture. Options about translation often imply controversial positions on more intractable human and spiritual issues. If Rome's real agenda when liturgical change is in question is that the English-speaking Churches got Vatican II wrong (or indeed the other way round), we should have that conversation openly. Arguments about ecclesiology are not conducted well in code

. . . This new translation, both in its content and in the manner of its imposition, represents a retreat from the salutary, evangelical reform of church style and mood that Vatican II represented. Those of us who experienced pre-conciliar Catholicism as abusive received Vatican II as a powerful reassurance that the Church was mending its ways. That gave us hope and liberation. It will be a scandal, in both the common and the theological senses of the word, if – at a level that really hurts – the new translation takes that reassurance back.

– Philip Endean, SJ
"Worship and Power"
The Tablet
August 2010

Recommended Off-site Link:
What If We Said "Wait"? - Michael G. Ryan (America via The Progressive Catholic Voice, December 13, 2009).

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