The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland has posted the press release of the most recent meeting of Vox Clara, the commission that advises the Congregation for Divine Worship (the Vatican’s liturgy office) in its approval of English-language liturgical texts. Some interesting excerpts:
The members expressed their appreciation for the close collaboration of the Executive Secretaries of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and the Vox Clara Committee which has greatly facilitated their common work. …
On the second morning of the meeting the Committee welcomed Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation and Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the same Congregation. On behalf of the members, Cardinal Pell welcomed Cardinal Sarah to his first meeting with the Vox Clara Committee. The Prefect in turn expressed his happiness in meeting with the Committee particularly in light of his recent meeting with Pope Francis. Cardinal Sarah reported that the Holy Father was quick to state that “Vox Clara must remain because its work is very precious for the English-speaking Conferences in the world. So tell them they must continue the work.”
The Prefect continued that he was “very glad to convey the encouragement of the Holy Father” and that he looked forward to working with the Vox Clara Committee in the years to come. …
Here’s an interesting factum: in the recently released 2015 Annuario Pontificio, the Vatican directory, Vox Clara is no longer listed as in previous years. And the Congregation for Divine Worship is the only congregation whose membership has not been confirmed by Francis. Why is this?
This raises questions about the recent press release. Is Pope Francis fully aware of what is going on with English-language worship? Or are words being put in his mouth? I have no way of knowing from where I sit.