This week in America five people wrote in about the new missal – all negative on it.
How am I supposed to teach this abominable language without letting it influence the way [the young] imagine and think about God?… The new translation seems to have been designed to decrease any kind of active participation in the liturgy… When did driving people away from church become the goal of the powers that be? And how can we stop it?…I cannot believe anyone who really prays has prayed with the stilted officious language of the new missal. What’s happened is that a few in positions of power have imposed their own private piety on the rest of the world… If [the laity] expect homilies that make sense, however, why wouldn’t they want prayers that make sense?… I find the new missal language cumbersome, garbled, prolix and, most of all, otherworldly. .. [T]his is really not about language but about the need of Rome and our episcopacy for power and control…