Washington D.C., Aug 19, 2010 / 07:33 am
Speaking to CNA in an interview, Msgr. Anthony Sherman, executive director for the USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship, gave an update on the status of the implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal. Msgr. Sherman stated that the changes will need to introduced with “due sensitivity,” and the opportunity for catechesis presented by the translation “will need to be firmly grasped.”
As the implementation of the revised Roman Missal approaches, workshops have been offered around the United States to prepare priests and diocesan officials for the changes to the liturgy. The latest version of the Roman Missal incorporates the most significant changes to the liturgy since 1974, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Speaking about the new translation, Pope Benedict XVI told the Vox Clara Committee in April that he welcomed the news that the new English translation of the Roman Missal "will soon be ready for publication." While expressing his hope about the arrival of the new edition, he also highlighted the need for a transition with "due sensitivity."
Commenting on the progress of the seminars that are being held across the U.S., Msgr. Sherman told CNA in an e-mail interview that the “workshops have been going well” and that they have provided “the benefit of moving many dioceses into giving serious consideration as to how they are going to encourage parishes to implement the new translation.”