No sooner was the “Areas of Difficulty” document up at PrayTell than it was taken down. I tried the link as soon as I saw it on Friday and there was already no access. No matter. WikiSpooks is on the case. Read the whole thing here.
I confess a deep sympathy for efforts like this. Matters like this that are hidden should surely be brought out into the light. But how big is the in-crowd of English liturgical translation? How deep do you think they have to probe to uncover the leaker? Or is it all a moot point?
Without the enticement of free plane tickets to Rome, what sort of benefit would there be to working for the universal Church on liturgy these days? I’d like to sip a glass of vino and watch the sun on ancient buildings as much as the next person. But really: your work is likely to be undone not only at the whim of some anonymous underling, but with the shifting tides of ecclesiastical politics. We might complain how political patronage squeezes career government employees from well-deserved promotions at or near the top of the ladder. But for an organization that takes pride for being a not-democracy, it sure attracts the mud, dirt, and feces that stains our Noble Nation.