November 25, 2011

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New Mass translation is long overdue, reader says

A letter in the Nov. 11 issue of The Criterion requires a response.

Most Catholics are unaware of the major dissimilarity between the traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo—the expurgations, mistranslations and rubrics.

The Novus Ordo has four Eucharistic Prayers the last time I counted.

Eucharistic Prayer No. 1 is primary and the least offensive, but still has numerous mistranslations of the revised Missale Romanum. These mistranslations are no accident.

Considering the many aberrations of the Novus Ordo, the very least we should expect is a correct translation of the official Latin missal. It is long overdue.

The mission to do so is to have the Mass conform to the official Latin Missale Romanum, not any non-English translation—be it German, French, Italian or Spanish.

The letter writer may rest assured there is no intention of our reformers to undo Vatican II.

- Kenneth de Maillé, Bloomington


Priest is example of all our clergy, who serve the people of God in unsung ways every day

I wish to make you aware of one of the “unsung” deeds done by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to help spread the word of God.

Recently, at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, we held an all-school assembly to instruct our faculty, staff and students about upcoming changes in the liturgy.

Our guest presenter was Father Patrick Beidelman, a 1990 graduate of Cathedral High School, who also serves as sacramental minister at St. Anthony and Holy Trinity parishes, vice rector at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary and archdiocesan director of liturgy.

Father Beidelman held the attention of 1,400 of us for the 45-minute presentation. He was extremely knowledgeable with his topic, spoke without notes, and cleared up some of the misperceptions that some of us had regarding these changes and the reasons for them.

He is an example of all of our priests who work diligently, frequently in many different jobs, and who serve the people of God in many unsung ways.

- David L. Worland, Principal, Cathedral High School, Indianapolis

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