Pray Tell has learned that some experts have been eliminated from the preparation of liturgical books because of their criticism of the missal translation project. The Congregation for Divine Worship has been alarmed at the public coverage of the Roman Missal Crisis and the leaking of important documents on the web, and it seems likely that pressure from Rome is behind these recent personnel decisions. Pray Tell has confirmed the termination of two individuals, both of whom must remain anonymous, one of whom has shared the following details of his situation.
A musician involved in preparing the English language missal chants was informed in November that he was being cut from the final stages of the music revision process. He had been involved last summer and fall in musical revisions made necessary by the various successive versions of the final text of the missal. (Pray Tell reported on November 20 on this person’s email to officials about the dire musical problems with the then-final text.)
Of course any organization, including the Catholic Church, has the right to hire and retain employees on its own terms. Let us hope that the officials in our Church seek to retain the very best experts in the service of our common worship. It would be tragic if obedience were understood so restrictively that it narrowed the field of available collaborators, or prevented collaborators from expressing their much needed suggestions and criticisms to authorities. It would be tragic if the Roman Missal Crisis caused the most qualified individuals, seeing their careful work undone by the CDW (on which, see Peter Jeffery), to decline to participate in future translation projects.