The National Council of Priests of Australia issued a press release on February 23 describing mixed reactions to the new translation of the Roman Missal among their members. Responses ranged from desiring a boycott to accepting the new texts as an improvement. The majority expressed disappointment at the lack of consultation that characterized the production of the new Missal texts.
In a news story dated February 19, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that “The chairman of the National Council of Priests of Australia, Father Ian McGinnity, said hundreds of its 1600 members were ‘pretty steamed up’ at the Vatican’s lack of consultation but most had not yet decided how to respond. At least a dozen had indicated they would not use the new English translation, he said.”