I confess my own surprise to hear the mail balloting of the section two (of twelve) of the English translation of the Roman Missal has gone down to a crushing defeat. What was once a sure thing has hit a moderate speed bump. Will the other ten sections be ready for November 2010? First they have to get section 2 on track.
Section 1, the Order of Mass which includes the people’s parts, has already been approved by the English-speaking bishops’ conferences and is waiting for curial approval.
Bishop Seratelli is keeping up the pressure. He plans to present sections 3 and 4 to the bishops in November, 500 pages. That’s on top of the 700 of section 2 for which he’s hoping to get approval once the bishops add more suggestions for change.
Enough US bishops complained that ICEL was unresponsive to their input–this is the new Vatican-approved ICEL, remember. That input included some insistence that archaic English be muted in the final document. Apparently few of the bishops’ suggestions were taken to heart.
Hard to say if this is clerical pride asserting itself to “send a message” or if the liturgical concerns are primary. Either factor alone might not have been enough. But together, at least a third of the American hierarchy is displeased to the point to render a big embarassment to the reform2 crowd. I can’t imagine that’s going down smooth.