FDL ReporterAs a former professor of liturgy at St. Francis Seminary who trained many of the priests of Milwaukee Archdiocese, I deplore the English translation of the Roman Missal that has been foisted upon American Catholics. [That is important to remember. Terrible professors taught so many priests about the liturgy. They were never exposed to the beauty and transcendence that any Catholic let alone a priest should be taught.]
By a very slavish translation of Latin, these texts have brought us as close as possible to the way Romans prayed between 500 and 1000 A.D., together with the social and cultural baggage of that time. [Like God and sin and judgement?] The spiritual universe of those Roman times is there, along with an almost groveling approach to God and an overriding preoccupation with getting to heaven[ROFL, you just can't make this stuff up!], rather than the Gospel emphasis upon discipleship, loving our neighbor and service. [I guess the Gospel cafeteria is open.]
Only antiquarians and Latin scholars (the people who made these changes) could love this turn of events. [I do not know Latin and I like the changes. I have heard a lot of people who like the changes and one person who didn't like consubstantial with the Father. And I do know plenty of non-traditionalists.] I would advise Catholic people to turn for spiritual nourishment to the hymns we sing, where they shall find the scriptures and contemporary spirituality more readily available. [He must be talking about this one.]
The new texts are cumbersome, wordy and difficult to pray publicly. [Don't worry, you can just use the Latin instead.] They shall not wear well, but look increasingly archaic with time[The Trinity is a pretty archaic as well], fostering the search for alternate prayers. [why did my foot just start tapping. and with your spirrrrr ... Kum bay yaaaaaaaa....] Unfortunately, the silk purse of our expensive new Roman Missal contains, when opened up, alas, a sow's ear.
Father Kenneth Smits, Capuchin
Fond du Lac
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