Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ, writing for Thinking Faith, the British Jesuits’ online journal, has trenchantly defended the 1973 Missal’s rendering of Domine, non sum dignus.
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While some priests may welcome the new texts, it is clear that others will resist them, while many, maybe the majority, will accept them with a sense of resignation and without enthusiasm.
Parishes in England and Wales will have to buy an interim version of the Missal to use between September and Advent.
There is a substantial cost to allocating the extra resources (especially time) necessitated by significant changes in linguistic style, increases in complexity of expression and level of difficulty in proclamation, and the discarding of large portions of musical repertoires. The cost here is what economists describe as “opportunity cost,” the cost of not being able to do something else with the resources being devoted to this endeavor.
I would suggest that the key to the positive response to the three workshops I have facilitated thus far has been the result of the decision our task force made to not simply present the text of the Roman Missal but rather to use this as an opportunity to invite the faithful to consider more deeply how the liturgy brings us into interaction with the living presence of God — something the liturgy does regardless of the particular language or translation.
These changes of wording in the Mass liturgy are, for many of us, frustrating and backward in thinking. For the resultant text, was the time and cost expended truly merited?…
“At our pre-Lent Priest’s Conference the hot topic was the implementation of the missal. I thought you might get a kick out of these words from our bishop. . . .”
“I had hoped that what we got would be basically OK; from what I have seen so far, it’s mostly not OK. If it is a done deal, and if we are facing a sure implementation of this text, then all we can do is pray it as best we can and give it our best shot.”
“We need intelligent, knowledgeable and sensitive leaders who really believe in this new text to go a lot more public than they have done so far.”
“What have you heard regarding the Roman Missal, third typical edition?” Eliot Kapitan from the diocese of Springfield discussed this question with a group of religious educators.