Rob Mickens writes in The Tablet (subscription required) in this week’s “Letter from Rome” :
“Translating documents into English has become a challenge for the Vatican. And, more than ever, this Italian-dominated organization is showing signs that it may not be up to the task.
“The controversial translation of the Roman Missal, which the Vatican-sponsored Vox Clara Committee all but removed from the hands of the world’s English-speaking bishops, is only one example. As a theologian recently pointed out, this has greater ramifications for the Church’s ecclesiology than for the texts it uses at Mass. Trumping local bishops – to whom the Second Vatican Council entrusted responsibility for translations of the official Latin texts into their respective languages –is more seriously an affront to the principle of shared responsibility enshrined in the Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium.”