Liturgiam Authenticam 78

“Less diffused.” A nice term instead of “minor languages.” One of the major criticism of this document is how dismissive it seems of vernacular tongues that happen not to be based in Western Europe. In fact, getting permission from the curia is now required for the major books. It should be a decision of the local bishops.

78. In the case of the less diffused languages that are approved for liturgical use, the larger or more important liturgical books, in particular, may be translated, according to pastoral necessity and with the consent of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The individual books thus selected are to be translated integrally, in the manner described in n. 66 above. As for the decrees, the institutio generalis, the praenotanda and the instructions, it is permissible to print them in a language that is different from the one used in the celebration, but nevertheless intelligible to the priest or deacon celebrants in the same territory. It is permissible to print the Latin text of the decrees, either in addition to the translation or instead of it.

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