We faculty and students had a great lunch discussion with Msgr. Bruce Harbert when he was on campus. I asked him how long he thought the new translation, the first effort to implement Liturgiam authenticam, might last. A generation or two? Longer? “Four hundred years,” he said, “was the general figure I’ve had in mind through all this.” I think a few gasps were suppressed. Now with Bruce you’re never sure whether he’s just stirring the pot, so I won’t hold him to his prediction. (I did quote John Maynard Keynes to him, “In the long run we’re all dead.”)
But it’s an interesting question. I have this idea to run a lottery on it through PrayTell, if the abbot approves. You could each send me $100 with your guess, I’d invest it in Greece or somewhere, and when the next translation comes out the winner would get the kitty.
The abbot nixed the idea. (OK, I didn’t even ask.)
My prediction? 42 years, 2 months, 1 week. Just a hunch. Don’t hold me to it.