La Croix International reported on November 6 that the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has given the recognitio to the new French translation of the Roman Missal, which has been in the works since 2002. Work on this new translation was mandated by the publication of the instruction Liturgiam Authenticam in 2001, yet suffered repeated delays and setbacks on its journey to publication.
The broader use of discretion by the national conferences in shaping the final text, given by Pope Francis in his motu proprio Magnum Principium (2017), allowed the French edition to be adjusted helpfully, according to Bishop Guy de Kerimel of Grenoble-Vienna, who was interviewed in the article. These adjustments were key to reaching an acceptable final form.
For the faithful, there will be few changes, the bishop said. There will be more changes for the priests, however. “It is likely that no one will be fully satisfied,” he warned, while still affirming that “This change will be beneficial if it helps us to better understand what we are saying . . . “
The target date for the new translation’s introduction is now the First Sunday of Advent, 2020, with full implementation expected in France by May 24, 2021.
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