The Association of Catholic Priests [Ireland] met to discuss the New Missal On Thursday, June 2nd in Portlaoise.
Brendan Hoban presented a paper in which he said, “We have to be realistic, I think, in our response. Everyone expects that the texts will be introduced; and everyone, I suspect, realises that there are going to be significant problems in introducing them.”
The purpose of the meeting was to seek further direction from our members, wh0 in January had requested us to meet with the bishops with a view to having the implementation of the New Missal postponed for five years.
We reported that while the meeting with the bishops had taken place, we were disappointed with the level of their engagement with us.
There was unanimity about the inadequacy of the texts, and about the way they have been developed and imposed.
A recommendation was unanimously accepted that priests and people avoid using the sexist language that pervades the New Missal
The ACP is requesting time and space for priests who have conscientious or pastoral objections to the use of some of the new texts.
The ACP is baffled that while generous provision has been made for the Latin Mass, no provision is being made to accommodate the far greater number of people who will have difficulty for different reasons with the New Missal. Such derogations by a bishop’s conference are possible under the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, No.6: “Each conference of bishops may establish additional norms for its territory to suit the traditions and character of the people, the regions and the various communities”.
It is noteworthy that the meeting was also attended by representatives of various lay groups and religious.