CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 8: Episcopal Conferences

By far the largest “capital letter” section, “RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMPETENCIES OF THE EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES.” A bit more than half the document will address:

  • Approving adaptations
  • Preparing and approving translations

And from there:

  • Looking at language
  • The translation process
  • Drafting of the liturgical book and its approval
  • Requesting “confirmatio” and “recognitio” from the Apostolic See
  • Publishing the liturgical books

Once the Latin edition is complete, the bishops spring into action. 

8. In light of can. 838 §§ 2 and 3, it is for the Episcopal Conference to publish the liturgical books, bearing in mind that they contain translations of the original Latin texts and the adaptations already provided for in those same books, which require confirmatio; there may also be a more radical adaptation (cf. SC n. 40) which is not indicated in the typical liturgical books and which therefore requires recognitio.

For both the confirmatio and the recognitio the procedure for approval by the Episcopal Conference will take place in accordance with can. 455 § 2 of (canon law).

This is pretty clear: the initiative for new rites and revisions of existing ones is undertaken by Rome. A recent example would be the innovation of prayers and rituals within the funeral rites when the deceased has been cremated. There was input from bishops in countries in which cremation was a practice, and the CDWDS formulated the Latin edition. Translation of the text, assembly of the book, confirmatio, recognitio, and publication followed.

The link of the English translation is here

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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