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Once an opponent, Seattle priest now calls for acceptance of new Missal translation

March 07, 2011

A prominent Seattle priest who had argued forcefully against a new English-language translation of the Roman Missal has now promised to work for its successful implementation.

Father Michael Ryan, the rector of St. James cathedral in Seattle, had pushed for a delay of the new translation, in a “What if we said ‘Wait’?” campaign. But he has now acknowledged that the decision has been made and the change is inevitable. “This is neither the time nor the place for arguing the matter," Father Ryan says.

The new translation will be introduced in American parishes at the beginning of Advent 2011. The new language is not "Latinized," as the Seattle story reports, but does more accurately reflection the language of the Latin original.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Mar. 08, 2011 5:05 PM ET USA

    Glad to have you on board, Fr. Ryan.