Wednesday, November 30, 2005
It took 13 years for ICEL to produce an updated missal!? That alone is proof enough that the whole process (and ICEL itself) needed to be 'blown-up' and started anew.I think draft one was completed by 1989. It spent nine more years bouncing back and forth between ICEL, CDWDS and the USCCB. I'd be in favor of "blowing up" the American bishops and the curia and starting over. Any takers? I would opine that Latin is more alive than you think. No; I think it's quite dead. Poets and authors no longer use it. Latin is about as living as the English directions for replacing my refrigerator filter: functional, gets the message across, but is not what artists will use to enrich the ears for the next several decades. All the songs were rewritten to be politically correct. Blame the authors, I guess; they did the work themselves. Just teach yourself not to think "male" when you hear "man." Come on, you can do it. Okay. Man is entirely suitable for the ordained priesthood. I think I've got it. All other languages are faithful to the words of the Latin original. Why do we English speaking folks think we need to be different? The Germans were sat on, too. Their language is used to translate into various Eastern European tongues. The Italians have been kaming up their own prayers for their sacramentary for decades. From what I've seen, every language group has its own expression of invention. ICEL wrote prayers to harmonize with the three-year Lectionary cycle--something in which the Latin original is deficient. Whew. That feels a bit better. Okay, Brigid? Regarding the article itself, it shows up (however the slant) that there's a lot of bitterness in the hierarchy. The issue of the relationships between individual bishops, their conferences, and the curia remain with us. As badly as I feel about the USCCB as a group and some bishops in particular, the question boils down to the proper role of the bishop. We treated this topic on this site months ago in looking at Christus Dominus. Until the local bishops, their conferences, and the curia settle their internal warfare, the hierarchy will remain distracted instead of targetting their energies to the mission of Christ. Is a micromanaging Rome needful for the faith? Many of us would say no. The Eastern Christians are not going to be ecumenically impressed by the West moving back to Anglican English and incense if it means a reunion would see them under a set of petty Roman bureaucracies. Petty, I said? Am I being too extreme? I don't think so. I'll add jealous, too. Time to get dinner on the stove, so I'll leave y'all with this to chew.