On March 5, you carried a story on the reaction to upcoming changes to the liturgy of the Catholic Mass that will be imposed by the Vatican by the end of 2011. The article states the revisions have "caused consternation among priests and parishioners ..."
According to an editorial in the Feb. 14 edition of the Jesuit magazine America, the Vatican's rejection of an earlier translation of the liturgy that had been approved by English-speaking bishops conferences generated great discontent.
It prompted theologian Rev. Anthony Ruff to write to the U.S. bishops (with the permission of his Benedictine superiors) saying he "can no longer agree to promote the new translation with integrity. The forthcoming missal is but a part of top-down impositions by a central authority that does not consider itself accountable to the larger church. When I think how secretive the translation process was, how little consultation was done with priests and laity, how the Holy See allowed a small group to hijack the translation at the final stage, how this text was imposed on national conferences of bishops ... and then when I think of our Lord's teachings on love and service and unity ... I weep."
The Vatican's changes probably will not get the same wholesale rejection from Catholics as did Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical that banned contraception -- an encyclical Catholics still overwhelmingly spurn -- but few believe Catholic parishioners will enthusiastically accept the new translations.
Charlie Davis Fripp Island