Pray Tell previously reported that Bishop Crispian Hollis apologized for the new missal translation, and that Bishop Thomas McMahon added his own mea culpa for the bishops’ approval of the 2011 missal. Now another bishop has chimed in.
Bishop John Crowley, Bishop Emeritus of Middlesbrough, who resides in retirement in Harpenden, a town in Hertfordshire, has written to The Tablet to “repent” of the bishops’ decision to approve the 2011 Roman Missal.
Bishop Crowley writes of a “strange and deeply uncomfortable situation” because of a “stand-off” between the bishops’ conference in England and Wales and many priests and people.
The bishop says that “the difficulty faced by those charged with presiding at the liturgy is hard to overstate, such is the convoluted nature of many of the prayers…” In a key passage he writes, “Like a number of my fellow bishops I have had plenty of time to repent of our original decision to vote this translation through Conference.”
Bishop Crowley says that leaders within the bishops’ conference are “pastoral men” who will realize that if this issue is “left to fester, [it] could damage relationships of trust and confidence within the Catholic community of England and Wales.”