“The head of a key Vatican advisory body on English-language liturgical translations told NCR that body may disband following production of a new version of the Mass, a project that could be finished as early as 2005.
“The comment, the first public hint that the three-year-old Vox Clara Committee may have a short life, offers perhaps the clearest signal yet that the bruising ‘liturgy wars’ in the Catholic church are nearing an end. In effect, it would mean the Vatican is contemplating mothballing one of its biggest guns.
“‘I’m not sure we will have a role beyond the Roman Missal [the formal name for the collection of prayers for the Catholic Mass]. I think that will be something that will be faced up to at the time,’ Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, the chair of Vox Clara, said in an exclusive March 11 interview with NCR.”
Date of this article: March 6, 2004. Source: Interview of Cardinal Pell by John Allen for the National Catholic Reporter.