Hello all. Sitting here at Houston Intercontinental, waiting for the flight to Albuquerque for vacation.
I gave two presentations in parishes this week focused on the new translation. For the most part, I am finding that the vast majority of Catholics are anxious to see the implementation begin. Others have expressed concern about Catholics they know who are "on the fence" with respect to their engagement with the Church. These people have expressed a deep concern that these on-the-fencers will see this new translation as a "last straw," a decision made by Church officials who show little concern for the real needs of the world or of Church members. These have not been isolated comments and they should not be dismissed. One of my own family members, who has recently returned to active participation in the Catholic Church (after decades of having been away), says simply that this whole thing seems ridiculous to him and that it will drive people away.
My hope, of course, is that nothing would ever drive people away from active participation in parish life. But this has happened before and will happen again. What I said to those Catholics with whom I spoke this week is to encourage them to try their best to answer the questions of others regarding the new translation.
Have you heard people say that the new translation might be the "last straw" for some Catholics?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.