Happy Thursday everyone. This is the first installment of "New Translation Thursday." I am going to tell you that this needs to be a shorter entry than I would have liked, due to workload issues here at the office.
First of all, thanks for your comments over the last few days. I believe they generally reflect the state of affairs. Some people think the new translation is one of the the greatest things to happen in the Church ("Every sample I have seen makes me thank the Lord we are finally getting better prayers"); others think this is one of the worst things to happen ("Better Prayers? We'll need dictionaries in the pews so people can look up some of the words in this new translation"). If these comments are any indication of how polarizing the response to the new translation will be, I think we are in for a very rough road, folks.
So the question becomes: How do we pastorally lead our people through the transition with honesty and integrity?
Frankly, I think there will be many pastoral leaders who will simply tell their people that they think the whole thing is a grand mistake, but there is no choice, and that we have to do the best we can with what we've been given. Others will simply say that this is what the Church says, and as Catholics, we simply do what the Church says. Some will painstakingly take their people through the entire history behind the new translation and try to persuade their people that this, indeed, is a good thing for the praying Church. Others will reject the new translation (There are still priests using the old form of the Rite of Christian Funerals). Even our bishops are not in agreement about this translation. See this article from the National Catholic Reporter.
The bishops will be meeting next week (November 16-19 in Baltimore). I think this meeting with regard to "the vote" to send the translation to Rome will be one of the most interesting discussions in recent US Catholic history. Let's pray for our bishops; for wisdom, understanding, right judgment, knowledge, reverence, and wonder and awe in God's presence.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray. Gotta get back to my desk!