We have now published the entire master’s thesis by J. Peter Nixon, “A Crisis of Reception: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and the Debate over the English Translation of the Roman Missal.” This thesis was successfully defended at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California in 2008. It gives an excellent summary overview of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the history of vernacular translations since the Council, and the crisis which developed in the 1990s between the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) and its critics in the Roman Curia. Especially helpful is Nixon’s balanced treatment of the debate over how to interpret Vatican II.

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A Crisis of Reception Bibliography