Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Translation Tuesday: Information and Misinformation

Welcome to this latest installment of "New Translation Tuesday."

Those of you who follow the Catholic news wires electronically, or read print or online versions of diocesan newspapers or national Catholic newspapers have probably seen the news piece: "New missal not here yet, but Catholics urged to start talking about it." We here at WLP issued a press release in the last few weeks announcing our new resource, which I have mentioned a few times in this blog: Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, IV, read by Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet. Low and behold, we received a mention in the piece in the Catholic News Service:

U.S. publishers are gearing up to offer other resources, such as the World Library Publications' recently announced "Prepare and Pray" recordings of the new eucharistic prayers, as read by Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, Ill.

"I imagine that priests will find it useful and time-saving to play the CDs in their cars while traveling, or even downloading them to their MP3 players to listen while exercising, walking and taking time in prayer," said Jerry Galipeau, associate publisher of World Library Publications.

We have seen interest in Bishop Sartain's recording from people here in the United States and Canada and we have even had orders placed from Jamaica and Australia on our web site. It is my sincerest hope that this is a helpful resource for clergy and laity alike as we prepare for the implementation.

I do need to mention also that there is another Catholic blog that sadly misinterpreted our latest WLP catalogue, thinking mistakenly that Bishop Sartain had recorded the sung chant settings of the Eucharistic Prayers. As you may know, no publisher is allowed to market or publish any musical settings of the Mass until the recognitio (official "recognition" of the new translation) is received from the Vatican. Working under the false assumption that ICEL had allowed WLP to release a recording of the music, the person who runs that blog questioned ICEL's motivation, musing about whether or not ICEL and the publishers (we here at WLP) are in this whole thing for the money. This was a sad and unfortunate mistake.

I need to remind everyone that it is our mission here at World Library Publications to serve the needs of the singing and praying Church, whatever those needs are as the Church continues the reform of the liturgy inaugurated at the Second Vatican Council. I want you to know that we agonized over the pricing of this recording. I originally suggested a much lower price, so that it would be very, very affordable. But when we looked at the cost of producing the CD and booklet, as well as our own editorial, design, and production costs, we needed to raise the price. I am entrusted with being a good steward of this company's time and resources, as well as ensuring fair compensation for our dedicated employees. We still priced this resource in a very affordable range.

I hope that we can move forward with the implementation in a less contentious and a more careful way. The worldwide web and the blogosphere have the power to unleash lots of information and, sadly, misinformation. Information is power and, unfortunately, misinformation is power as well.

Thanks for listening today.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Chironomo said...


I'm a bit confused here now...are you saying that ICEL's restriction on the new text only applies to musical settings? Can it be otherwise re-printed, distributed or whatever without restriction? I was under the impression that the use of the text is restricted and subject to copyright regardless of whether in a musical setting or not. If that's the case, then that "other blog's" arguments and complaints would still hold true. Once the recognitio is received, will independednt composers be able to compose settings and distribute them online without interference from ICEL?

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Sorry for the confusion. We received permission from ICEL and the BCDW to create this resource. And we pay ICEL royalties on the use. As a publisher, we must wait for the recognitio to be received before we can proceed with any marketing or publications of musical settings of the Mass. I have not followed the "independent composers" issue closely enough to comment. I just think that people need to realize that these texts are not in the public domain and that they are owned—whether we like it or not—by ICEL.

Chironomo said...

I just think that people need to realize that these texts are not in the public domain and that they are owned—whether we like it or not—by ICEL.

Oh, they realize it alright, and they definitely don't like it.