Hmmm. Tablet Poll on the New Missal

The Tablet has a poll you can take on the new missal here.

Non-scientific, so I expect it’ll be about like the USCath survey – rather negative toward the missal. Meanwhile, polls like CARA show that Catholics will get used to any langauge, whether it’s very good or not. (Hey, they got used to the 1973 text just fine, so that tells us something about how ritual language works.)

The Tablet survey asks whether you’ve “got [sic] used to and are…happy saying” responses such as

  • And with thy spirit.
  • shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins.
  • Lord, I am not worthy to receive you under my roof.

Hmmm… haven’t the folks at The Tablet been going to Mass this past year??




  1. I am not Anglican. Do they say, With thy spirit?

    I don’t got to Mass much in English, but now and again. I am almost sure the response is: “With your spirit.” Is that right?

    In any way, does it matter?

    1. @Paul Inwood – comment #4:
      My comment was of course tongue-in-cheek, but if the Letters pages are at all representative of the (shrinking) readership at large, then our separated brethren do make up a surprisingly large proportion of the Tablet’s constituency.

      I left a message on the Tablet article pointing out two serious factual errors in the article itself, six errors in the poll that rendered it entirely useless, and one typo. They have not printed my comment or corrected the errors of fact, but they did correct the typo. Priorities!

      OK, off to hibernate now: a blessed Advent to all PTB readers, and I look forward to further lively discussions in 2013, if we are all spared.

  2. “3. Have you got used to saying and are you happy saying . . . shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins.”

    Beg pardon?

  3. Hmmm… haven’t the folks at The Tablet been going to Mass this past year??

    Wouldn’t surprise me. The Tablet doesn’t exactly have a reputation for fidelity to the Church and her teachings.

  4. Whatever the deficiencies of online surveys about religion, this particular one has been publicised by Fr Z’s blog. His predominantly trad readership may well make the results seriously unrepresentative if they participate.

  5. The Tablet took the first version of the survey down last Wednesday citing technical difficulties. The questions have now been corrected. If you completed it before Wednesday you’ll have to resubmit it as they have not kept the previous responses. Members of my family have been independently encouraged to submit their responses by priests of their diocese. There are a lot of people who are not happy about what Rome has imposed.

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