Monthly Archives: August 2011

Liturgiam Authenticam 52-53

How does one communicate the deeper meanings of Latin and bring that into a vernacular translation? 52. The translator should strive to maintain the denotation, or primary sense of the words and expressions found in the original text, as well as their … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Revelation 14:13

At first, I considered it a typo. A one-verse Lectionary reading? It’s more like an alleluia verse: I heard a voice from heaven say,   “Write this:     Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” … Continue reading

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Watching The Stars Come Out

When I was on retreat this past June, I had a few nice evenings on the retreat grounds doing something I hadn’t done since I was a boy. About a half-hour before sunset, when the sun has dipped below the … Continue reading

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Apostolicity Lacking

I’m glad to see Pope Benedict disavow the SCGS* meme, even if indirectly. I’d prefer an outright indictment of such an anti-apostolic sentiment. But this works well enough. In the pope’s list of lost hermeneutics, the Hermeneutic of Entitlement, the … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 51

If a variety of words is used in the original, that variety should be communicated in the translation: 51. On the other hand, a variety of vocabulary in the original text should give rise, insofar as possible, to a corresponding … Continue reading

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Naturally F

My friend Bob hosted a music session at the other parish in town tonight. We sang through the five Mass settings the archdiocese has highlighted on their list for parishes. No parish is required to do all of them, but … Continue reading

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In A Flash

My hometown hosted two playoff games in fútbol over the past weekend. The young miss and I watched the televised one. I caught the internet results of the other. One involved women. The other, men. One was, granted, a match … Continue reading

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Top Suspects

I’ve gotten a few e-mail notices about Archbishop Dolan’s recent appearance on 60 Minutes. I thought that was months ago. I didn’t take much notice till the weekend, and then I was too busy to probe very deeply. I see … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 50

Four principles that involve a theological vocabulary: 50. Since the liturgical books of the Roman Rite contain many fundamental words of the theological and spiritual tradition of the Roman Church, every effort must be made to preserve this system of … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 49

This section and the several that follow will address the issue of vocabulary, both in Latin and in the target language. 49. Characteristic of the orations of the Roman liturgical tradition as well as of the other Catholic Rites is … Continue reading

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When One Can’t Celebrate Mass …

At the Bench, Deacon Greg has polled the three greater New York dioceses for their policy on the confluence of hurricane and Sunday Mass. Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre (Long Island) does offer an alternative if going to church … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 46-48

These three sections address “Norms Concerning the Translation of Other Liturgical Texts.” I think we can cover it all safely in one post. 46. The norms set forth above, and those regarding Sacred Scripture, should be applied, mutatis mutandis, in … Continue reading

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The Latest from the Culture of Complaint

At the Bench, Deacon Greg posted on news of the cancelled interfaith dinner at a Catholic high school in Cincinnati. While the school administration and the archbishop’s spokesperson deny specific threats, the safety of students was cited for not going … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 45

LA 45 outlines three principles for the relatively minor task of translating Scripture that appears outside of the Lectionary passages themselves: 45. Apart from that which is set forth in the Ordo lectionum Missae, the following norms are to be … Continue reading

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“A Function of the Ferocity”

I see St Blog’s is going through its occasional “Why Are We So Mean?” examen, with both left and right participating. Plus some trying to stay above the fray. I think the pleas are becoming slightly more earnest and heartfelt … Continue reading

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