“Magnum Principium”

Pope Francis has issued a new apostolic letter “Magnum Principium” which reforms canon law for the mechanisms for preparing and approving new translations of the liturgy.

From now on, the Holy See will not be playing any active role in the drafting or amending of new translations of the liturgy. In future, episcopal conferences will have responsibility for the whole process, the Congregation for Divine Worship will merely give a final confirmation once the local bishops have voted.

In practical terms, it seems that all future translations of the liturgy will be carried out by local bishops’ conferences, who alone will be responsible for the “faithfulness” of the translation; the necessary approval of the Holy See will be an act of simple ratification and not provide an opportunity for specific changes or improvements.

This would seem to leave the way clear for reverting to previous translations, or adopting the liturgical translations which were originally submitted to Rome by the Bishops and then discarded.

Parishioners are invited to email/write to Bishop Declan indicating their support, and which option they would prefer.