You’re Too Stupid (According to the Jesuits)
A story at the Washington Post on the new English translation of the Mass, with these little gems:
“It will impact every Catholic in every parish because they will have to learn new responses in place of the ones they have been using since Vatican II,” [Jesuit, Fr. Thomas] Reese said. “I believe that the new translations are a step backwards and confusing to the people in the pews.”
And don’t forget this one:
Prayers offered by the priest will include more complex terms such as “consubstantial,” “inviolate,” “oblation,” “ignominy” and “suffused.”
Critics like Bishop Trautman argue that Jesus Christ taught in the language of the common man and, further, that Vatican II reforms that first allowed the Mass to be translated from Latin to the vernacular are being unraveled by the more complicated words used in the new translation.
I don’t know why these clerics believe themselves to be acting in a pastoral way when they essentially call the average practicing Catholic in America a complete ignoramus who can’t understand complex words like “oblation”. I will also counter His Grace, +Bishop Trautman, by stating that while Christ did teach in a language that may be called common, he certainly challenged those who listened. Further, there is nothing simple or common about a man who claims to be the Son of God and in fact the God itself incarnate in flesh. I am college educated and I still find the Word of God to be a challenge, as it ought to be.
I have not read the new translation, so I will reserve judgement until then. My only wish is that the bishops and priests would give their people a little more credit. If the blue collar folks at a rural baptist church in Oregon can read the King James bible exclusively, and if people from across the globe could participate in the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, I somehow doubt that the average Catholic in the wealthiest and amongst the most educated of nations will find a few new words to be a stumbling block.
(Hat tip to Carl at Ignatius Press)