A Positive Spin on Liturgy Input

Liturgy action at day one of the USCCB powwow in Baltimore. According to BCDW president Bishop Arthur Seratelli, “We have been very encouraged by the participation of the body of bishops …” in submitting more than 300 amendments. The breakdown may or may not be interesting to you: 180 on vocabulary (gibbet, dew, deign, etc.), 90 on “syntax, grammar and sentence structure,” 14 breaks on long sentences, 13 translation inaccuracies. Of course, these amendments still have to be approved at the ICEL stage. The denial of every suggestion last time out was enough to scuttle June’s vote. Maybe post-election bishops are feeling confident? Rock says goodbye to gibbet, but I predict the ignominy of defeat will surface on the bureaucratic end of the translation process.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to A Positive Spin on Liturgy Input

  1. What requires a “Goodbye” is that graphic, Todd. Despite its obvious relevance to “gibbet,” it is an unseemly and secular image that obscures “catholic sensibility.”

  2. Todd says:

    Agreed. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Diana says:

    The final ammendments likely will not go back to ICEL, actually. After talking with a few people from the US and Canada in the know at last week’s North American Forum on the Catechumenate Convocation, it seems more likely that the US amendations will go directly to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments and Vox Clara. The CDWDS can take or leave the amendations, based on how much it wants to have one, singular English text versus having an American version, a Canadian version, a European version, etc. According to the persons I spoke with, ICEL’s job was simply to provide a base English translation; it will ultimately be the CDWDS/Vox Clara/Vatican who will provide the final text to be used.

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