Priest Challenges New Translation of Mass

Posted on: 05/01/2010

There’s a new English translation of the Catholic mass coming out soon, and it’s trying to sound more Latin. The Vatican has been pushing for this for a decade: It wants the English to mimic the words and even the syntax of the original Latin prayers. Conservatives say it moves the church back to a more “timeless” sound; but at least one priest is trying to stop it. He says it’s awkward and absurd for English to try to “ape” the sound of Latin, even in church.

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