Friday, August 28, 2009

Archbishop Prendergast on the 17th Session of the Vox Clara Committee

It was only this evening that I learnt that Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, the Archbishop of Ottawa, has, since April of 2009, his own blog: The Journey of a Bishop.

The Archbishop is a member of the Vox Clara committee and on his blog today, he reported on the 17th session of that committee, which has been meeting at the Pontifical North American College in Rome this past August 25th-27th.

The Archbishop reports that:
The Committee began by exploring means by which it might provide effective support to the Congregation as it seeks to achieve an expeditious confirmation of the Roman Missal. Certain technical and editorial processes were developed by which amendments submitted by the Conferences of Bishops, the counsel of the Vox Clara Committee and the internal deliberations of the Congregation might be effectively utilized by the Congregation in its final editing of the final text of the Roman Missal.


The greater part of the time was spent in a final review of four White Book translations of Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia, as produced by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and recently approved by several Conferences of Bishops. Following their discussion of the ICEL renderings of Masses for Various Needs and Intentions, Ritual Masses, Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead, and the Order of Mass II, the Committee submitted its recommendations to the Congregation concerning the definitive confirmation of these texts.


Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia O.P., recently appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, was welcomed and briefed by the Committee on the last day of its work. Archbishop Di Noia thanked the Committee for its working in applying “the critical distinction between translating a text and translating a sacred text in the vernacular.” He also expressed his thanks for the proposal for additional assistance to the Congregation, noting, in particular, the need for assuring the technical quality and internal consistency of the new Missal.

The Archbishop's report includes a number of photos from the session. Visit his site to view those and the full text of his report.

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