Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Cardinal Pell recalls problems of liturgical translations after Vatican II

CWN - February 21, 2014

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, Australian Cardinal George Pell reflects on difficulties with liturgical translations in the years following Vatican II.

Citing Pope Paul VI (who in turn was using the words of Pius XI), the cardinal observes that the liturgy is “the most important organ of the ordinary magisterium of the Church.” So proper translations of the liturgical texts are critically important, and should be carefully framed in appropriate language.

Unfortunately, Cardinal Pell remarks, Vatican II did not provide guidance on translating the liturgy into the vernacular. The one Vatican document on that subject, Comme le Prévoit, was not entirely authoritative and gave only general guidelines. In English translations, the cardinal recalls, translations for years followed the principle of “dynamic equivalence,” and in practice ‘the translation was not always equivalent and even less frequently dynamic.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($25,761 to go):
$35,000.00 $9,239.48
74% 26%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer 10 hours ago
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra 12 hours ago
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger 14 hours ago
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again 15 hours ago
Improving the Church April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days