As Pray Tell reported, Bishop Crispian Hollis recently apologized for the unfortunate English translation of the Roman Missal of 2011. In the current issue of The Tablet, Bishop Thomas McMahon, bishop emeritus of Brentwood, added his voice to Hollis’s with this letter to the editor:
Your headline “We bishops got it wrong about the Missal” (Letters, 9 December) prompts me to add my own mea culpa. In my case doubly so, since for many years I was part of the National Liturgical Commission.
As Bishop Crispian Hollis indicated in his letter, the volume of work at the Bishops’ Conference is considerable and sometimes we failed to do justice to something as important as translations for the Missal. However, I was also very aware that whatever text we came up with, Rome was intent on complete oversight and having a translation closer to the Latin; hence the rather convoluted prayers that we now have.
Like others, I feel sure that given the support expressed by Pope Francis, a way forward could be found.
EMERITUS BISHOP OF BRENTWOOD