We’re in for a big battle
in our Church . . .
and it’s coming to your Parish
Let me explain . . .
If you’ve ever had to deal with them, you already know that the “progressive” liturgists hate tradition.
They want everything to be “new” . . . “relevant” . . . “hip” . . . “modern” . . . etc.
They got their way. And we’ve been stuck with their flawed translation ever since.
But . . . due to the hard work of many good Catholics who wanted the Mass to be accurate and who wanted a return to a sense of the sacred (as Pope Benedict XVI so aptly put it), the translation that we’ve all endured for decades is about to be corrected.
The change is coming all the way from Rome.
“Rome has spoken. The matter is finished.”
Well, you would think . . .
But the progressive liturgists are not going down without a fight. They never do.
Already they have started a campaign against the new translation in the pages of publications such as America magazine and The National Catholic Reporter newspaper. They have launched an Internet petition drive called “What If We Just Said Wait?” that wants “a grassroots review of the new Roman Missal.”
Already they have gathered almost twelve thousand signatures from priests, deacons, religious, and lay people.
They have begun organizing their campaign to sour Catholics on the new translation. They will continue to stall and delay, and they will talk about how Rome is “turning back the clock” and going “against Vatican II” and how the new translation is “too difficult” for people because it uses sacred language.
Thus, you and I have our work cut out for us.
But I’m going to need your help . . .
Our new task at Catholic Answers is to help facilitate the implementation of the new translation of the Mass so that Catholics will understand why the changes are being made.
Most of all, we don’t want the faithful to be taken in by the specious arguments of the old-guard liturgists who have had their day.
To put it simply, they messed up our liturgy. And it’s time to fix it.
As you know, the Mass is the most important part of our Catholic spiritual and sacramental life.
It’s the highest form of prayer.
It’s the re-presentation of the redemptive sacrifice of our Lord on the cross at Calvary—and it is not to be taken lightly.
It’s not merely a “gathering” . . . or a “community meal” . . . or a “breaking of bread” . . . or any of the other banal platitudes that are passed off for liturgy these days.
It’s also the Holy Sacrifice.
It is sacred.
So at last, after so many years of suffering with the tin-eared translation of the Mass that ICEL came up with . . .
We’re Going to Have
a Better Liturgy
Thank God. And thank Pope Benedict XVI.
But . . . I’m sorry to say, the fight has only begun . . .
The U.S. bishops know this, too. At their most recent meeting, Bishop Arthur Serratelli (chairman of the bishops’ committee on liturgy) spoke of the urgency of educating the faithful about the new translation. He said:
“The point is rather simple, and in one sentence, it is this: Now is the time to act. We should not wait.”
“In parishes, material could easily be placed in parish bulletins beginning now.”
“Merely providing the resources is not enough. We need to encourage the people to use them.”
The progressive liturgists who have been in charge of many dioceses for the last 40 years are not going to give up without a fight.
They will fight tooth and nail.
That’s just the way they are.
So again, this is where you and I come in.
Catholic Answers—in our unique role as lay defenders of the faith and America’s leading apologetics experts—have prepared a brand-new explanation of the revised changes in the Mass so that every Catholic in every pew can understand what’s being changed . . . and why.
Our task is to publish a bulletin insert that will clearly and convincingly explain what’s going on with the new translation of the Mass.
This will help every Catholic “get it”—and not resist it.
The old-guard liturgists have said that they’re going to fight the new translation every step of the way. They’ve even launched a nationwide petition drive to convince bishops and priests to resist the changes.
So we know this: They’re going to protest. They’re going to pout. They’re going to stomp their feet.
But if we reach the good, faithful Catholics in the pews before they do, we can keep them from misleading the faithful and causing even more painful parish splits.
That’s because we’re going to explain—with key statements that have already come from Rome and the bishops—why the new translation is better and more accurate.
Now Rome itself is making the liturgy an issue.
So here’s our plan: We’re going to publish abulletin insert, The Mass Is Changing—How And Why, that clearly and convincingly explains the reasons why the new translation is occurring—and what every Catholic needs to know in order to accept and participate in the new translation.