The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) recently commissioned a Missal survey polling the Irish clergy on the new English translation of the Roman Missal. You might recall that Pray Tell recently conducted its own survey on the new translation.
The ACP’s survey shows that while the vast majority (77%) of priests in Ireland surveyed use the texts of the new Roman Missal exclusively, when asked “which best describes your attitude to the New Missal?” 61% of respondents were either “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied.”
When asked what should become of the new edition of the Roman Missal, only 18% advocated that it continue to be used without any changes. 35% thought we should immediately return to the 1973 edition until a new missal can be made.
The survey ended with a cross tabulation:
A Crosstabulation was employed to investigate the interrelation between satisfaction levels and desire for change.
None of those who are ‘Very Satisfied’ with the New Missal would like to see a change to the Missal. Of those who are ‘Satisfied’ with the New Missal, over half would like to see a revised Missal become available within a few years. Whilst 61% are either ‘Dissatisfied’ or ‘Very Dissatisfied’ with the New Missal, a larger number (80%) want to see it replaced, including a large majority (81%) of those who said that they were ‘Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied’ with it.
The ACP’s survey provides more support for those calling for the creation of a new English translation of the Roman Missal.