July 25, 2014

What was in the news on July 24, 1964?

English translations for the Mass are approved by the Vatican, and an Orthodox prelate sees hope for unity

Criterion logo from the 1960sBy Brandon A. Evans

This week, we continue to examine what was going on in the Church and the world 50 years ago as seen through the pages of The Criterion.

Here are some of the items found in the July 24, 1964, issue of The Criterion:

  • Release approved English texts for prayers of Mass
  • Date not yet set for implementation
    • “WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States has moved another step toward the general use of English in parts of the Mass. The approved texts for the Ordinary parts of the Mass pertaining to the people have now been made public. The texts provide for English in most of the Liturgy of the Word—the first part of the Mass, up to and including the Creed. The same is true for the Communion service. … The text, approved by the National Conference of Bishops of the United States at a meeting in Washington last April 2, were confirmed by the Vatican Liturgy Commission on May 1. The purpose of these actions was to begin implementing the ecumenical council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which seeks to have all people take part in the Mass ‘not … as strangers or silent spectators,’ but with understanding and active participation.”
  • Publishers are at work on Mass text
  • Agenda set for council’s 3rd session
  • Legion of Mary project helps home missions
  • Orthodox head sees end to theological dispute
    • “ROME—Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Nicodemus of Leningrad has stated that one of the principal disputes between Orthodox and Catholic, the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit, could be settled ‘with a little good will and the help of theologians of both sides.’ ”
  • Join in prayers for unity
  • Latin America is facing uphill vocation battle
  • Papal power growing, German prelate says
  • Pope prays for nations in turmoil
  • National Cursillo Conference slated at Michigan State
  • ‘Unworthy of Christian’: Raps idea that poverty is fault of the poor
  • Recite ‘Racial Justice Litany’
  • Question Box: Asks clarification about evolution
  • Pope contrasts his garb with St. Peter’s
  • Catholic paper raps sterilization plan
  • St. Joan of Arc cops 5th straight swim title
  • ND President: Tells how universities can aid needy nations
  • Obedience is called key trait of a scout
  • ‘Christian community’ seen Church need today
  • Vatican paper raps mountain climbing
  • Sees a new importance for today’s church music
  • Annual retreat planned for non-Catholic clergy
  • Pontiff endorses new institute
  • ‘Hootenanny’ disc helps cause
  • Dutch Jesuits resign to work on weekly
  • St. Christopher, Holy Spirit lure festival patrons
  • Charges U.S. water policies hurting small farmers
  • Pope Paul finishes work on his first encyclical
  • Sees the tide turning against Latin Reds
  • Neighbors aid Orthodox

(Read all of these stories from our July 24, 1964, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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