Who Is on the Commission to Revise Liturgiam Authenticam

RomanMissal-1024x768As of yet, there has been no public announcement from the Vatican revealing who has been named to the commission charged with revising Liturgiam authenticam. Only a week ago, journalist Edward Pentin reported at the National Catholic Register that the Vatican was being “tight lipped” about this commission, which was first leaked in the press by Sandro Magister in early January.

On March 8, however, a Spaniard by the name of Francisco José Fernández provided a list of members appointed to the commission on his blog La Cigüeña de la Torre. This list in turn was reproduced yesterday on the French website, Riposte Catholique (along with a considerable fund of commentary that is doubtful or erroneous).

The names, however, are what is important. They are as follows:

Arthur Roche, Secretary of the CDW, President

Corrado Maggioni, Under-Secretary of the CDW, Vice-President

Dominic Jala (Salesian), Archbishop of Shillong (India)

Mark Benedict Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane (Australia)

Piero Marini, President of the Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, former Secretary of Archbishop Bugnini, former Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations

Bernard-Nicolas Jean-Marie Aubertin, Archbishop of Tours (France)

Julian López Martin, Bishop of León (Spain)

Arthur Joseph Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson (United States)

Friedhelm Hofmann, Bishop of Wurzburg (Germany)

Jean-Pierre Kwambamba Masi, Auxiliary Bishop of Kinshasa (Democratic Congo)

John Bosco Chang Shin-Ho, Auxiliary Bishop of Daegu (Korea)

Domenico Sorrentino, Bishop of Assisi (Italy)

Jeremy Driscoll, professor at Saint Anselm University in Rome, Benedictine of Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon (United States)

Matias Augé, a Catalan claretian, professor emeritus of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute

Giacomo Incitti, Professor of Canon Law at the Urban University

Mario Lessi-Ariosto, Italian Jesuit

Christoph Ohly, diocesan priest of the Diocese of Cologne, professor of theology at Trier (Germany)

Valeria Trapani, Professor at the Faculty of Theology of Palermo, member of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Palermo (Sicily)

Giovanni Maria Vian, Director of L’Osservatore Romano

Is this list accurate? Is it complete? We cannot be sure without further confirmation. If accurate, however, the members of this commission represent a wide range of opinions concerning liturgy, translations, reform, and church.

One thing is especially noteworthy: Cardinal Sarah is not on the list.


    1. @Lee Bacchi:
      Hi Lee,
      It’s pretty clear it is going to be revised, not just reviewed.
      Serratelli and Driscoll are both from the US. Nothing to cheer us in this, however.

      1. @Rita Ferrone:
        I am not familiar with Driscoll’s background or work; I’ll take your word on the other matter. Too bad Archbishop Gregory was not the U.S. person.

    2. @Lee Bacchi:
      Abt. JEREMY Driscoll is a Benedictine from the US. The fact he is on it is positive. He was on the Vox Clara commission for the revision of the MR, and I heard him discussing being railed on over the change from “one in being” versus “consubstantial” in the St. Anselmo refectory Holy Week 2011.

  1. Since I just posted on another thread about Pope Francis being a Matthew 10:16b guy, I wonder if there’s also going to be something concurrent revising the role of bishops’ conferences in the final versions of translations.
    It did occur to me that, aside from Inter Oecumini, the first instruction on the liturgy, I’m not able to name the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th – or tell you what lasting impact they had. Is this revision “busy work” for these people? LA had a requirement about music directories/black-white lists from all the bishops’ conferences. Whatever became of those? Maybe Francis is taking a long view/big picture approach here.

    1. @Alan Hommerding:
      “LA had a requirement about music directories/black-white lists from all the bishops’ conferences”

      Oh, I regularly queried the BCL back in the day about their plans to implement that chestnut. As things turned out, if memory serves, in November 2006 (a little after the notional 5 year deadline) the USCCB adopted a framework proposal (a “Directory for Music and the Liturgy”*) to have things implemented at the level of ordinary of the diocese of publication (so ordinaries of Chicago, Portland OR and St Cloud, for example…). If it was ever formally submitted for recognitio, it’s been gathering dust ever since. That idea in LA betrayed enormous – [fill in the noun of choice here] – about how much music Rome would have to process if such an idea were to be credibly implemented. (This is why I was keen to find out how the BCL and the USCCB would try!) I realize that there were some who seemed to think this requirement would force parishes around the world to adopt the Kyriale and the Graduale in the absence of approved alternatives, but that dog wouldn’t hunt, as it were.

      * https://adoremus.org/2006/12/15/November-2006-USCCB-Meeting/ So far as I can tell (even through the Wayback Machine), the draft Directory has vanished from the Web.

  2. Did Pope Francis approve this list? It surprises me that there is no one from Latin America, Central America, Mexico. Except for the Order of Mass (and I believe there are some variations even there), the Spanish-speaking world does not have a common text for its liturgical books. There are four: Mexico (the translation used in the US), Colombia, Spain, AND Argentina. Also, where is the Portuguese speaker, Brazil having the largest Catholic population in the world?

    Abbot Jeremy Driscoll has been a consultant to Vox Clara for a number of years.

    I agree with Alan Hommerding. Twice.

    I wouldn’t expect to see a revised document for at least three years.

    I’d be interested in Father Ron Krisman’s comments.

  3. What is encouraging (and perhaps groundbreaking) is the presence of Valeria Trapani (a woman! and consultor to the CDWDS) on the list. Let’s hope this is the start of a greater move toward inclusivity.

    1. @Clare Johnson:
      I also hope the direction is toward greater inclusivity, but aside from her gender, what can you tell us about Valeria Trapani and her work as a consultor? Everything I found online was in Italian!

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