- Sep 18, 2020
The Italian bishops finally have printed their new Missal, and they gave the symbolic first copy to Pope Francis, who usually celebrates Mass in Italian.
A former executive director of the U.S. bishops’ department on liturgy said Monday that by taking primary control over the translation of liturgical texts away from the Vatican and restoring it to local bishops’ conferences, Pope Francis is doing more than settling historical scores from two decades ago. He is trying to “integrate” the Church’s experience since Vatican II “and really balance everything.”
In a rare move, Pope Francis has issued a public letter to one of his own cardinals correcting his interpretation of one of the pontiff’s decisions. In a missive dated Oct. 15, Francis tells Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, head of the Vatican’s liturgical department, that the pope’s recent document ‘Magnum Principium’ does indeed mean a power shift away from Rome and toward local bishops’ conferences.