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Cardinal George Announces Vatican Approval of New Roman Missal — Implementation Set for First Sunday of Advent 2011

The ineffable war of delay is over…

HT/J. Balza

U.S. Adaptations to Mass Prayers Also Approved
Parish Education Efforts Urged To Precede Implementation
Resources Available Through USCCB

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has announced that the full text of the  English-language translation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, has been issued for the dioceses of the United States of America. 
The text was approved by the Vatican, and the approval was accompanied by a June 23 letter from Cardinal Llovera Antonio Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The Congregation also provided guidelines for publication.
In addition, on July 24, the Vatican gave approval for several adaptations, including additional prayers for the Penitential Act at Mass and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises on Easter Sunday. Also approved are texts of prayers for feasts specific to the United States such as Thanksgiving, Independence Day and the observances of feasts for saints such as Damien of Molokai, Katharine Drexel, and Elizabeth Ann Seton. The Vatican also approved the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life, which can be celebrated on January 22.   
Cardinal George announced receipt of the documents in an August 20 letter to the U.S. Bishops and issued a decree of proclamation that states that “The use of the third edition of the Roman Missal enters into use in the dioceses of the United States of America as of the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011.  From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America.” 
The date of implementation was chosen to allow publishers time to prepare texts and parishes and dioceses to educate parishioners.
“We can now move forward and continue with our important catechetical efforts as we prepare the text for publication,” Cardinal George said.
In the coming weeks, staff of the bishops’ Secretariat of Divine Worship will prepare the text for publication and collaborate with the staff of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), which will assist Bishops’ Conferences in bringing the text to publication. In particular, ICEL has been preparing the chant settings of the texts of the Missal for use in the celebration of the Mass. Once all necessary elements have been incorporated into the text and the preliminary layout is complete, the final text will go to the publishers to produce the ritual text, catechetical resources and participation aids for use in the Liturgy.
Receipt of the text marks the start of proximate preparation for Roman Missal implementation. Before first use of the new text in Advent 2011, pastors are urged to use resources available to prepare parishioners. Some already have been in use; others are being released now. They include the Parish Guide for the Implementation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, and Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ, a multi-media DVD resource produced by ICEL in collaboration with English-language Conferences of Bishops. Both will be available from the USCCB. Information on resources can be found at www.usccb.org/romanmissal
Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, Chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, voiced gratitude for the approval.
“I am happy that after years of preparation, we now have a text that, when introduced late next year, will enable the ongoing renewal of the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy in our parishes,” he said.  Msgr. Anthony Sherman, Director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the USCCB noted, “A great effort to produce the new Roman Missal for the United States, along with the other necessary resources, has begun.  Even as that work is underway a full–scale catechesis about the Liturgy and the new Roman Missal should be taking place in parishes, so that when the time comes, everyone will be ready.”

New Missal Advent 2011: Card. George — “In the end it will be the text the church uses for prayer.”

EDITOR NOTE: Despite ongoing vocal objections from a minority of American Catholics, some having been long term complaints and still others coming in the form of recent outright rebellion, the New Roman Missal will be in use in most english speaking countries beginning Advent 2011. Past differences on matters pertaining to the make-up of the missal should rightly be set aside considering that the new missal is complete, signed, sealed, and nearly delivered.

I believe it’s time now for a period of Catholic study and prayer over the New Roman Missal. I think something lost in this process has been our failure to both acknowlege and pray for all those who’ve labored over the translation for so many years. I know I’ve failed on these points. I think also, we should each ask God to bless us too in the coming transition so that, as Pope Benedict predicts, “…through these sacred texts and the actions that accompany them, Christ will be made present and active in the midst of his people.”

And that would be all of us…


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After nine years of work involving Vatican officials, English-speaking bishops around the world and hundreds of consultants, Pope Benedict XVI received a complete version of the English translation of the Roman Missal.

The white-bound, gold-edged missal, which contains all of the prayers used at Mass, was given to the pope during a luncheon April 28 with members of the Vox Clara Committee, an international group of bishops who advise the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments about English liturgical translations.

“Soon the fruits of your labors will be made available to English-speaking congregations everywhere,” the pope told the Vox Clara members.

“Many will find it hard to adjust to unfamiliar texts after nearly 40 years of continuous use of the previous translations,” the pope said, which is why “the change will need to be introduced with due sensitivity.”

The pope thanked the Vox Clara members and all those who contributed to the translation process because “through these sacred texts and the actions that accompany them, Christ will be made present and active in the midst of his people.”

The new English-language Missal is a translation of the Latin edition officially promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 2000 and released in 2002.

The copy given to the pope includes the “recognitio,” or approval for use, dated March 25, 2010, and signed by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the worship congregation, and U.S. Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, congregation secretary.

Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that while the overall text has been approved for use, editions with specific adaptations for each country are pending. He said he expected the “recognitio” for the U.S. version before the end of May.

While Catholics definitely will notice the new translation, Cardinal George said, the change will be “far less dramatic than going from Latin to English was.”

“When they see what a beautiful text it is, many people will welcome it,” the cardinal told Catholic News Service April 29. Some people, for a variety of reasons, will not like the translation, he said, “but in the end it will be the text the church uses for prayer.”

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, a member of Vox Clara, told CNS that members expect bishops’ conferences in most English-speaking countries to begin using the new translation starting in Advent 2011.



Conscience protection rule critically important: Archbishop John C. Nienstedt


Editors Note: When push comes to shove on the issue of religious freedom in America we Catholic’s need to make our voice heard… You may act now by clicking the flashing USCCB ad on the sidebar to the right, or, read the article first and act afterword. Either way, for the sake of freedom of conscience, and even freedom itself, act… james mary evans

The Catholic Spirit

Having been told that we would have a double issue of  The Catholic Spirit for Holy Week, I originally planned to reflect with you on the importance of the triduum and our participation in the marvelous celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday as well as both the Vigil and feast of Easter.

The Paschal Mystery calls for our focused attention and devotion. Year after year, we should find new meaning in the love that our Blessed Lord demonstrated for us by his suffering and death.

We ought also to draw new insight into the power of his resurrection and the gift of new life offered to us in the saving waters of baptism.

But I have decided to alter the focus of this column due to what I consider a grave threat to our country’s well-being through the infringement of our right to exercise a freedom of conscience.

On Feb. 27, 2009, the Obama administration placed on their federal Web site an announcement that they intend to remove a conscience protection rule pertaining to the Department of Health and Human Services.

This rule is one of the critically important legal protections currently offered to our nation’s health care workers – our doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others who care for the infirm and disabled.

The rule protects those who object to being involved in an abortion or other morally objectionable acts that are contrary to both their faith and their Hippocratic Oath.

Our U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president, Cardinal Francis George, has expressed concern that this action on the part of our federal government could be the first step in moving our nation from democracy to despotism.  The American public should presume that freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are always safeguarded by the laws of our land.  Gov ernment should never come between an individual citizen and God.

This is one of the reasons for which so many of our forebearers came to this country, i.e., to worship God freely and to live their faith according to their inner convictions.

Those in the medical profession should not be deprived of the legal protection to be true to their own convictions.

Abortion is the taking of human life. This is not only a faith-based conviction, it is a scientific fact.

Images from ultrasound show prospective parents the living movements of their child in the womb. No government should force a doctor or nurse to act in a way that they know to be morally wrong.

I urge you to let the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., know that you object to the removal of legal protection for the consciences of those who work in the field of health care.

One way of doing so is to access an action alert atwww.usccb.org/conscienceprotection.

Let’s not start down what would surely be a slippery slope to moral chaos.

God bless you! And have a blessed Holy Week and a joy-filled Easter!

How to make your voice heard

Comments on the proposed rescission of the HHS regulations may be submitted electronically from the Web site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops atwww.usccb.org/conscienceprotection.
Written comments (one original and two copies) also may be mailed to:

Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. S.W, Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201.

The deadline for public comment is April 9.