Motumania, Lost in Translation

Now we know why it’s taking so long.

A Vatican bureaucracy decides the way to put the foot into the backside of those slowpoke liberal Anglos is to add another layer of committee, Vox Clara. How many years are we waiting for an English translation of the Roman Missal? Why would we be surprised the hold up is another committee.
I have this image from that Bill Murray movie. No, not this one. This one. The one where Randy Quaid pleads on his knees in the middle of the street, “Please God! We need a cab! One lousy ******’ cab!”

They have a motu, but they need a translation to get it out of the Vatican. Priceless.

I hope what I’m offering here is not the scorn John seems to be detecting. With the heaps of laughs and scorn I see directed at Cardinal Mahony (not exactly a hero to liberal advocates of a de-centralized and open Church) and others, I just want to send a little chuckle to my friends on both sides of the traditional divide. If you can’t laugh at yourself, how can you expect to translate?

Remember, all the energy you waste holding your breath could have been put into learning some priceless treasure of the musical tradition, like this. Or watching Bill Murray lead you out of New York on dvd or vhs. Your choice.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Motumania, Lost in Translation

  1. Gavin says:

    Maybe they should use good ol’ Babelfish to translate it.

    I could have sworn there were rumors since February that it was written, signed, and the Pope was just waiting for the right day to release it. Even I have to wonder what’s going on.

  2. Eric says:

    Funny, isn’t it? Folks who long for the good ole days of the 13th Century and and bemoan the use of modern languages have their panties all twisted up that translating a document into multiple languages might take a few weeks. Apparently their nostalgia does not extend to the use of faxes and computers to relay their Victorian renditions of modern liturgy.

    I especially enjoyed the comments at wdtprs by those who were amazed that Benedict did not just write out the motu proprio himself in Latin — and then pound out the translations himself to ensure that the nefarious modernists in the Vatican could not sneak in and work their Masonic “traduttore, traditore” mojo.


  3. John Heavrin says:

    Gentlemen, you might want to consider this when you’re deriving such enjoyment from the complaints about the timing of the Holy Father’s efforts: a handful of grousers on a a handful of internet sites does not a panic constitute. The vast majority of tradtionalists are delighted, frankly stunned, at the miraculous progress made over the last few years, from virtual suppression to a prominent and important place in the life of the Church. I believe that miraculous progress will continue. Speaking for myself, I’m eager to see what the Holy Father will say and do with regard to Tridentine liturgy and the importance of promoting and restoring it to a prominent place in the the life of the Church for the sanctification of, not those who “want” it, but for the entire Church, all her members. But whether the document comes tomorrow, next month, next year, or even, should the Holy Spirit will it, not at all, the traditional Mass and other sacramental life, and the spirituality and devotion deriving therefrom, are vital to the life of a dramatically changing and contracting institutional Church, regardless of the machinations and antics of those on either side. I believe the Holy Father knows this. I believe that he sees vitality and life in the traditional movements and communities, and wishes to extend that to those who are indifferent or even hostile to traditionalism.

    The traditional Mass and spirituality can’t be suppressed in the Church. That was tried, nearly succeeded, seemed to succeed — but failed, despite great efforts. The Holy Spirit is at work in the traditional movement. If a document is necessary to further this work, we’ll have it, at the right time.

  4. Gavin says:

    “The vast majority of tradtionalists are delighted… at the miraculous progress made over the last few years”

    Well they’re not the only ones, John. Even though I’ve only seen the past 22 years of the Church, the changes of late are quite amazing. Traditional Mass or Reform of the Reform, the big change is from a self-hating culture that despises Tradition and all that came before to one that values it as part of being Catholic. When I was in elementary school, chant, Latin, and ad orientem were all the “evils” of the old Mass. Those things were bashed at home, at church, and at school to no end. But, as youth are wont to do, I had to question “why are these things bad? Why were they done?” and I saw it’s just a matter of doing them right. As with many churches, you don’t have to do all at once. A priest can celebrate Mass facing the same direction as the people (ah, what a different spin that is!), or say Mass in Latin with the people making the appropriate responses and acclamations in Latin. And either of those can be done with non-chant music, good or bad. Any of those little steps isn’t a matter of “backsliding”, but of valuing what is handed down and saying “gee, being Catholic was actually of value before 1960!” I think that’s the true blessing of the Traditionalist movement.

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