US Bishops approve new Mass translation

The largest English speaking bishops conference overwhelmingly approved the texts of the new translations for the mass at a conference in Washington last week.

AP reports that the translation for Mass would change key prayers spoken for decades by millions of US parishioners. But before Mass changes at the parish level, the American version must go to offices in the Holy See for final approval, a process a bishop leader said could take years.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 173-29 at its biannual meeting on Thursday for a new translation after a debate over several small changes in wording.

The vote on the Order of the Mass was aimed at satisfying Vatican calls for a translation that's closer to the Latin version.

Bishop Donald Trautman, chairman of the conference's Committee on Liturgy, said the vote marked the biggest changes since the Second Vatican Council, when the Latin Mass was replaced by the vernacular languages in each country.

"It's a new liturgical moment," Trautman said. "It is the first major item to call for change to the Mass text and it will affect the worship life of every Catholic in the United States and beyond."

The new translation alters the wording of key texts spoken by Catholics during worship, including the Nicene Creed, the Gloria, the Penitential Rite, the Sanctus and Communion.

The US bishops' approval comes ahead of a July meeting of the Vox Clara Committee, a body of English-speaking bishops appointed to advise the Vatican on translations chaired by Sydney's Cardinal George Pell.

The July meeting is likely to focus on reviewing the Order of Mass translations adopted in May by the bishops' conferences in Australia and England and Wales and last week by the US bishops.

U.S. Bishops Approve New Mass Translation (The Guardian 16/6/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Right Reverend Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, Chairman of ICEL (USCCB 15/6/06)
USCCB Committee on Liturgy
Interview with Cardinal George Pell (National Catholic Reporter 16/3/04)

Interview with Cardinal Pell (National Catholic Reporter, 1/6/2006)
Pell's key role in Vatican liturgy meeting (CathNews 29/3/05)
Vox Clara OKs born again ICEL translations body (CathNews 18/3/05)
Bishops respond to draft Mass translation (CathNews 14/5/04)

19 Jun 2006