The headline on this article is a bit misleading. What PF ordered was a study of Liturgiam authenticam, the current document that guides how translations are to be donea, with this document imposing a slavish formal equivalence translation of the “original Latin”, down to capitalizations and punctuation. This was the document that translators were mandated to follow when they came up with “Roman Missal 3”, the “latinglish” that we hear at Mass since the First Sunday of Advent in 2010. I suspect what will come of this is that PF will move the control of translations to the regional bishops’ conferences. For us that may mean we will be stuck with what we have, considering the USCCB is basically slow walking anything Francis, hoping he dies soon and they won’t have to do anything. I hate to be cynical, but that is our reality. However, given bishops like Ab Cupich and Ab Tobin, and Bp McElroy(the first two both cardinals), cut from Francis cloth, there is a glimmer. We will stay tuned….reyanna
By Gerald O’Connell January 26, 2017 America Magazine on-line
Pope Francis has ordered a review of “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the controversial decree behind the most recent translations of liturgical texts from Latin into English and other languages. The commission, established by the pope just before Christmas, is also tasked with examining what level of decentralization is desirable in the church on matters such as this.
The mixed commission includes bishops from all the continents. Significantly, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to be its president. The English-born archbishop is the number two official at the congregation; he has more experience in the liturgical field and a more open approach to liturgical questions than its prefect, Cardinal Robert Sarah.
The Vatican has not provided details on the commission, which is scheduled to hold its first meeting soon. Nor has it published the names of the commission’s members.
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