Rita Ferrone is an award-winning writer and frequent speaker on issues of liturgy and church renewal in the Roman Catholic tradition. She is currently a contributing writer and columnist for Commonweal magazine and an independent scholar. She is the former editor of The Yale ISM Review, an ecumenical journal of worship and the arts for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  

Roman Missal Crisis: Timeline

Many Catholics are only now waking up to the fact that the language of the Mass will be very different come the end of November 2011. A new translation of the Roman Missal—the book of prayers used for the Mass—will soon be put into use in all Catholic Churches in the United States. Some who have read the new prayers are happy about the changes. Others are gravely concerned. How did we get to this moment? What follows is a timeline on translation changes.

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