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  • Cardinal Sarah says Vatican may still “impose” translations in the liturgy

    Cardinal Sarah says Vatican may still “impose” translations in the liturgy

    Although a new document issued by Pope Francis says bishops’ conferences now have control over the process of translating the liturgy, Cardinal Robert Sarah says that Vatican approval “is by no means a formality.” The head of the Congregation for Worship added translations of certain words and phrases may still be “imposed” to ensure conformity with the Latin original before a liturgical translation can be used.

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  • Despite wing-clipping, Sarah not going quiet in defense of tradition

    Although Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea arguably just had his wings clipped, as Pope Francis recently transferred a share of his Vatican department’s control over translating liturgical texts to local bishops, a major address he gave on Thursday suggests that if anyone expects Sarah to go quiet, they can forget it — and equally, if anyone expects him to go to war against the boss, they can forget that too.

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  • Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary, without pope

    Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary, without pope

    At a conference Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, Father Vincenzo Nuara, didn’t even mention Francis in his opening remarks. The current pope was mentioned in passing by the second speaker, and ignored entirely by the third.

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  • Why Pope’s earthquake on liturgy may not mean much for Americans

    Why Pope’s earthquake on liturgy may not mean much for Americans

    Although at a symbolic level, Pope Francis’s decision on Saturday to shift considerably more control to local bishops’ conferences and away from the Vatican over translation of liturgical texts into vernacular languages may have been an earthquake, most experts don’t seem to believe it will mean much in the short-term for the prayers American Catholics say at Sunday Mass.

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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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