Welcome to another installment of "New Translation Thursday."
Have you seen the report from CARA regarding the new translation of the Missal?
These statistics did not come as a surprise to me, but they are telling.
In this new survey conducted by CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate), Catholics were asked this question: Have you heard "that parishes in the United States will soon be implementing changes in the words and prayers at Mass at the direction of the Vatican?"
77% answered "no," which means that 44 million adult Catholics, at this point, don't know about the upcoming changes.
Of course, those who attend Mass more frequently are much more likely to respond that they do know about the changes. 57% of respondents who attend Mass at least once per week said that they were aware of the upcoming changes.
This is the statistic I find quite alarming. One would think that parishes would have begun some kind of education process at this point in time. Perhaps many parishes are waiting until the Fall, the beginning of the so-called "school year" to begin preparatory catechesis?
Some more stats. 34% of those who attend Mass once or twice a month report that they are aware of the changes. Not surprisingly, 9% of those who attend Mass only on large feasts (Easter and Christmas) said that they are aware.
Those in Catholic schools were surveyed as well. 31% of Catholic elementary school children, 39% of Catholic high school students, and 48 % of those who attend a Catholic university are aware of the changes.
33% of Catholics with at least a bachelor's degree, 24% of those who have only a high school diploma and no further education, and 19% of those who did not graduate from high school know that the changes are coming.
Catholics over 68 years old know most about the upcoming changes (50%). 30% of those who are 51 to 67 years old are aware. The percentage continues to drop the younger the Catholic is. 20% of Catholics between the ages of 30 and 50 report knowing about the changes.
17% of those born after 1982 know about the changes.
The Midwest comes out on top as far as regions in the United States are concerned, with 36% knowing about the changes. In the Northeast and South, 25% know. And Catholics in the West come in at just 18%.
Folks, it seems like we have lots and lots of work to do to prepare our Catholic people for the changes. Knowing that change is coming is only one part of the equation here. Just because someone knows a change is on the horizon does not necessarily mean that they know what those changes are, why they are happening, nor what impact those changes will have on Catholic liturgical life and spirituality.
Do you find these statistics surprising?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.