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motu proprio translation error

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 07, 2007

The US bishops' translation of Summorum Pontificum, which is appearing everywhere on the internet, contains what appears to be a cut-and-paste error:

Article 1 of the motu proprio, as rendered in that translation, reads:

"These two expressions of the law of prayer (lex orandi) of the Church in no way lead to a division in the law of prayer (lex orandi) of the Church, for they are two uses of the one Roman Rite."

It should read:

These two expressions of the law of prayer (lex orandi) of the Church in no way lead to a division in the law of belief (lex credendi) of the Church, for they are two uses of the one Roman Rite." [emphasis added]

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 08, 2007 9:29 AM ET USA

    No... that's Trautperindividual. TrautperSON carries too much masculine baggage.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 7:26 PM ET USA

    MY translation.... "They have to allow the Latin Mass..."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 4:43 PM ET USA

    This is ICEL's translation: "These diverse expressions of the instruction of worship (lex orandi) of the faith community in no way should take us to a separation in the instruction of opinion (lex credendi) of the Church, for they are both diverse yet united uses of the one ritual." ora pro nobis...

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 3:03 PM ET USA

    Erm..That's TrautPERSON, please.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2007 1:44 PM ET USA

    There they go again. Now they've confused the laity. Has anyone heard from Bishop Trautman on this hideous mistranslation and its serious consequences for the potted plants in the pews?

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