>English speaking Catholics are going to have to learn all over to to pray. With the release of the news of the revised Order the Mass, I have only a question. WHY? As if there was something wrong with the way I have been praying for at least the last 35 years. And if there was, through Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II, why are you waiting until 2011 to implement the changes. If the American bishops have not earned enough contempt from faithful Catholics, with their management of the sex abuse matters and the financial settlements, wait for the reaction when the public sees the revisions of what is the heart of the worship. Here comes news of the release of the BINDING revised Order the Mass by the US Conference of Bishops which, based on the cited date in the news release, has been with held for two years. Here comes news of what the changes mean, in this copywrited document.  


In 2011 the Mass was changing as some kind of nostalgia from Rome for the old ways, as if the old ways, like old wine in new wineskins, would work to bring the youth back into the fold.

Ah the beauty of the language. Read the iambic pentameter of the USCCB announcement of the revisions: “Recently the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was granted the recognitio for the new English–language translation of significant parts of the Ordo Missae as found in the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia, including most of those texts used in every celebration of the Holy Mass. The recognitio was granted in response to the request of the USCCB by Bishop William Skylstad, then President of the Conference, who informed Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in a letter dated July 29, 2006, that we, the Latin Church Bishops of the USCCB, approved the translation of the Ordo Missae at its plenary meeting on June 15, 2006.”

Shear poetry! The Pope has decided to concentrate not on evangelizing to the people not in church, but to those of us who were. Someone in Rome apparently did not like the sound of English prayers. Someone in charge of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Apparently, Francis Cardinal Arinze has not noticed how fewer Italians were showing up for Mass to pray in Italian. Or Belgians failing to show up for Mass to pray in one of their three languages. Or Germans. I wonder if anyone considered how it was that God liked the sounds of our prayers?

In this changing world, I thought of the indifference of youth. Indifference to religion, to God? How the world had changed with these kids had grown up in the 401K world, the era of leveraged buyouts, hedge funds. Leadership everywhere had been from afar throughout all of their lives. Local bishops now grew up far away, sent here now just as in the days of the British Raj, as the Brits tried to rule India. Corporations were now owned by shareholders from everywhere and in St. Paul, Minnesota this was 3M, the Travelers, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Ecolab.

(POST SCRIPT, on November 21, 2008 to the Guys With Miters)

In June 2008, arguing that the new translation of prayers and other texts for the Mass is too awkward to be proclaimed effectively in parishes in the United States, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, Richard Sklba, said. “If I have trouble understanding the text when I read it, I wonder how it’s going to be possible to pray with it in the context of worship.” Donald Trautman, Bishop of Erie, used the example of the translation of the Latin “patibulum,” to translate the English “gibbet” as jut one oddity in the new text. In the end, The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), the translation body responsible for the Proper of Seasons, failed to gain a two-thirds vote from the bishops to approve the Proper of Seasons in Orlando. The collegiality of the Holy Sea however was missing when it came to the revision in the Order the Mass which was BINDING.

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    It is numbers which reflect the effectiveness of a papacy. The papacy of Pope Benedict reflects The New Exodus, throughout Europe. It was in 2007 that Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky had cut in half the number of parishes due to the debt of $140 million of the Archdiocese of Berlin. Also in German-speaking Austria, Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn reduced the number of parishes from 660 to 150 in September 2012. That was a reduction of 510 churches in his Vienna archdiocese. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger had shared his personal philosophy of growth before ever being elected pope,and that philosophy was all about pruning back.

    In January 2013, German Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki announced plans to cut the 105 churches in the Archdiocese of Berlin to 30 parishes by 2020. This seventy percent reduction — over 70 percent — will affect Catholic schools, as well as hospitals, elderly homes and nurseries. Those later mentioned institutions will soon be facing their own reductions to reflect a “diaspora experience.”

    It would appear that a major phase of the pruning back in this papacy for the English-speaking world includes the implementation by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of these changes in the words of the Mass.

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