"New Translation Thursday" greetings from New Orleans. I am here for the Johannes Hofinger Conference, delivering the opening keynote address tomorrow morning. Here is the setting, the Pontchartrain Center:
This is my first major Catholic conference since the advent of the new translation of The Roman Missal. One thing that has been on my mind is the fact that there are many, many musical settings of the Mass being implemented all over the country. I wondered if, at gatherings like this one, the local music committee would perhaps choose the chant setting from the Missal as the common setting. That is not happening at this conference. I plan to talk with the organizers about the reasons behind their decision.
As the Catholic conference and convention season begins to unfold, I will be paying close attention to the approach to Mass settings and will surely report to you as we go along.
Please pray for many hundreds gathered from all over the southeast and gulf states gathered here for the Hofinger conference.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.