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  • How on Saturday, Pope Francis gave us his bottom line on Vatican II

    How on Saturday, Pope Francis gave us his bottom line on Vatican II

    While Pope Francis was in Colombia on Saturday, the Vatican issued a new legal document in his name that transfers the lion’s share of the control over translation of texts for use in Catholic worship to local bishops’ conferences and away from the Vatican. In effect, it was the clearest signal to date of where Francis stands in debates about what went wrong after Vatican II, especially on the issue of collegiality.

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  • Pope pushes decentralization on translation of liturgical texts

    Pope pushes decentralization on translation of liturgical texts

    In a move the English-speaking Catholic world is likely to find especially significant, Pope Francis on Saturday took steps towards realizing his calls for “healthy decentralization,” at least when it comes to the translation of texts for use in worship. From here on out, the pontiff decreed, the major responsibility for those texts will lie with bishops’ conferences, with Rome only saying “yes” or “no” at the end.

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