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Toby Young Newman would have loved my free school COMMENT, PAGE 12

Michael Voris The Catholic apologist everyone is talking about INTERVIEW, PAGE 7

No. 6522

History is made as parishes use new translation for the first time


THE NEW translation of the Mass will be used in parishes in Britain for the first time on Sunday in a historic moment for the English-speaking Church.

Booklets will be handed out detailing the revised Order of Mass – the main, constant parts of the liturgy – to be used until the full Missal is introduced in Advent.

The change comes almost a decade after a global panel of bishops and scholars first started work on a text that, following Blessed Pope John Paul II’s instructions, more closely corresponded to the original Latin.

Key changes include “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you” and “I believe” in the Credo rather than “We believe”. Other striking passages are “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof” instead of “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you”, and “consubstantial with the Father” rather than “of one being with the Father”.

Some parts of the English-speaking world, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, have already started using the text. The American Church is adopting the new translation at Advent.

On Sunday many Catholics will hear for the first time Mass chants contained in the new Missal that have been rehearsed by choirs since Easter.

A sung Mass at Our Lady and the English Martyrs parish in Cambridge featuring these chants will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship programme.

Nigel Kerry, director of music at the parish, said he hoped the chants in the Missal would “enter the Catholic blood-

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He said the response of parishioners to the new translation varied from “very, very keen” to not being aware of it at all.

Mgr Andrew Wadsworth, executive director of the Secretariat of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), the body responsible for preparing the new translation, said it will “take a while [for people] to get used to the text”.

He said: “None of us finds change easy. Something we’ve had at the tip of our tongue for some time will suddenly no longer be the case. So we’ll all have to make a bit of an effort.”

In a pastoral letter this week Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow said the new translation was a “marvellous opportunity” to revisit the celebration of the Mass. He urged the faithful to be patient. “Throughout the world and throughout time we have been prepared to make sacrifices in order to show not simply our unity of purpose in our worship, but also our harmony of expression,” he said.

Martin Foster, secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales liturgy office, said the next three months of using the new Order of Mass would be crucial for catechesis. “As people begin to use the text, they will have more questions about it,” he said.

He said that Sunday would be “the first time that people have the chance to pray the text, and that’s where the new translation comes into its own”. Editorial Comment: Page 13 Stuart Reid: Page 20

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Benedict XVI: Accept your cross with joy

Pope: my generation failed to evangelise

SEEKING only money and success implies reasoning “according to the world” and a wrongful desire to put God aside, Pope Benedict XVI has said.

At the midday Angelus on Sunday the Pope invited Christians to instead follow Christ by accepting the cross with love, although “in the eyes of the world this seems a defeat and a loss of life”. “But the Christian knows that he does not carry the cross alone but with Jesus, sharing in his way,” the Pope said.


CRADLE Catholics have not done enough to show people that God exists and can bring true fulfilment to everyone, Pope Benedict XVI has told a group of his former students.

“We, who have been able to know [Christ] since our youth, may we ask forgiveness because we bring so little of the light of his face to people, so little certainty comes from us that he exists, he’s present and he is the greatness that everyone is waiting for,” the Pope said at a Mass in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, for students who studied for their doctorates with him when he was a professor in Germany.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, a regular participant in the Ratzinger-Schülerkreis, or papal student circle, gave the homily but the Pope made the remarks at the beginning of the liturgy.

Pope Benedict highlighted the day’s reading in Psalm 63 in which the soul thirsts for God “in a land parched, lifeless and without water”.

He asked God to show himself to today’s world, which is marked by God’s absence and where “the land of souls is arid and dry, and people still don’t know where the living water comes from”.

May God let people who are searching for water elsewhere know that the only thing that will quench their thirst is God himself and that he will never let “people’s lives, their thirst for that which is great, for fulfilment, drown and suffocate in the ephemeral”, the Pope told his former students.

But it is also up to Christians to make God known to the world, the Pope said, and older generations may not have done their best. “We want to ask [God] to forgive us, that he renew us with the living water of his spirit and that he helps us to celebrate properly the Sacred Mysteries,” he said.

The formal discussions of the Schülerkreis this year focused on the new evangelisation. Lectures were followed by discussion among the participants, including the Pope.

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Vatican summons SSPX leader to discuss progress towards unity BY CAROL GLATZ IN ROME

THE HEAD of a group of traditionalist Catholics will meet Vatican officials on September 14 to continue a series of doctrinal discussions.

The Vatican confirmed that Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), will travel to Rome this month to meet Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The superior of the Society in Germany, Fr Franz Schmidberger, said on the group’s website that the meeting would discuss the results of doctrinal talks from the past two years.

The priest, who is not expected to attend the meeting, said the discussions would focus on the Society’s “point of view of canon law”, adding that the atmosphere of previous meetings had been “very good”.

The talks were launched in late 2009 in an effort by Pope

Benedict XVI to repair a 21year rift with the Society. The Pope said that full communion for the group’s members would depend on “true recognition of the Magisterium and the authority of the Pope and of the Second Vatican Council”.

But Bishop Fellay has said that the SSPX has been using the talks as a means to show the Holy See the contradictions between the Church’s traditional teachings and its practices since Vatican II.

The dialogue with the Vatican was not a search for compromise but “a question of faith”, Bishop Fellay said in February.

Fr Davide Pagliarani, superior of the SSPX in Italy, said: “The canonical situation in which the Society presently finds itself is [the] result of its resistance to the errors that infest the Church.

“Consequently, the possibility of the Society arriving at a regular canonical situation does not depend on us.”

Bulky papal statue to be slimmed down BY MARK GREAVES

A STATUE of Blessed John Paul II in Rome is to be modified after it was widely mocked for bearing little resemblance to the late pope.

The 12ft bronze statue outside Rome’s main railway station is a cloak structure with John Paul II’s head on top of it. An editorial in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore

Romano criticised the head for being “excessively spherical”, adding: “It makes him look like a tent... it looks like a bomb has hit.”

Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi said he was willing to make small alterations to the head and neck. The city commission reportedly asked him to make the changes.

Mr Rainaldi said: “The statue is not being redone.”

Priest beats red tape with inflatable church BY ED WEST

A POLISH priest has found a novel way to get round a Russian regional government’s refusal to allow a Catholic church to be built – by commissioning an inflatable church.

Fr Krzysztof Kowal, a missionary in Kamchatka Peninsula, has to celebrate Masses in hotel rooms or outdoors even when the temperature drops 40 degrees below zero. But Fr Kowal’s friend Robert Wojcik, who builds inflatable toys for children in Kolobrzeg, Poland, offered to create a temporary church for the isolated congregation. A fundraising drive helped to pay for the 16st structure, which will be sent to Russia on September 15, pending tests in Poland.


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