Cathnews reported this morning on a story in The Catholic Weekly Bishops vote on new Missal (20/12/2009). Most of the article is “old news” since the bishops meeting was November 23 to November 27. The source seems to be the December 4 “News from the November 2009 Plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference“. But it is good that the Sydney mag is highlighting this development. Here is the story straight from the ACBC statement:
New Missal draws closer
The Australian Bishops have completed their final canonical vote in relation to their approval of the texts for the new English translation of the Roman Missal.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy, told the meeting that it is now anticipated that the new Missal will be published in early 2011.
In preparation for the publication of the new Missal an international catechetical resource is being developed. The multi?media resource, to be used by English speaking nations around the world, is being prepared by Frayneworks, a work of the Sisters of Mercy in Melbourne.
Its preparation is under the direction of Fr Peter Williams, the Director of the National Liturgical Office.
Entitled “Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ”, it will be completed by the end of 2009 and will be launched in London this month by Bishop Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds and Chairman of the Leeds Group (of English?speaking Bishops’ Conferences).
It will be available for distribution throughout the English?speaking Catholic world by the end of February 2010. The resource will be launched in Australia at the national representatives in liturgy gathering to be held in Perth in early February 2010.
This is a positive development, and we eagerly await seeing what the Sisters have come up with.
In the mean-time, there’s this less than positive response to the new liturgy published in America Magazine “What If We Said, ‘Wait’?” (and you can listen to a podcast interview with the author here – note the age of the author – he says that he “grew up with the latin mass” in his first 24 years). There are not a few in Australia who seem to share these sentiments and plan to act in the same way. Let it be known far and wide: anything achieved by those who obstruct the introduction of the new translations in this way will only be to the detriment of the Church’s faith and life. Let us pray for a positive reception of the new liturgy and that the Australian-produced resource will enable a smooth and enthusiastic reception of the changes.