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Liturgy    AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS WELCOME INSTRUCTION UPDATE
The Bishops Committee on Liturgy has described as a 'testament to the ongoing nature of the liturgical reforms of Vatican II' the latest update of the Vatican's General Instruction on the Roman Missal.
    The current General Instruction remains the authoritative text, until the translation of this third edition for the English speaking world has been approved by the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and then confirmed by the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
    This due process, which is standard for revised editions and new rituals, will take some time. The Committee hopes it will be released concurrently with the much anticipated revision of our English language Sacramentary, currently awaiting the necessary confirmation from Rome. Some minor amendments will be required in light of the new General Instruction.
    The United States Bishops' Committee for Liturgy has released a provisional (unofficial) translation and a study document related to the united States pastoral situation. While this presents a preview of the content of the original Latin Third Edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, the United States translation is in no way definitive.
    The National Liturgical Commission in Australia will make a comprehensive sutdy of the official text, especially of those sections that require a response from the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
   
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10 Aug 00



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