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Mass translation (letter)

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 Contents - Dec 2004AD2000 December 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Religious literacy: why not a national inquiry? - Michael Gilchrist
US and Australian election results: the cultural revolution challenged - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Gone fishing: Catholic Earthcare Australia adopts discredited Green agenda - Pat Byrne
Administration: Cardinal Pell: Church administrators must put Christ's mission first - Cardinal George Pell
English language: Will Rome ensure the completion of an improved Mass translation? - William Oddie
Liturgy: Redemptionis Sacramentum on the liturgical rights of the faithful - CDF
New Evangelisation: Rebuilding a lost Faith - Fr John Walter
Archbishop Fulton Sheen: 25th anniversary - Martin Tobin
Society: American surveys show advantages of sexual abstinence education
Letters: Orthodoxy succeeds (letter) - Fr Adrian Head
Letters: Seminary reforms (letter) - Fr Peter Thompson CM
Letters: Election result (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Liturgical development (letter) - Msgr Peter J. Elliott
Letters: Catholic youth (letter) - Robert Denahy
Letters: Graham Greene a Catholic? (letter) - Malcolm Mackinnon
Letters: Mass translation (letter) - Leo McManus
Letters: 'Fem-speak' (letter) - C.V.Phillips
Letters: Misunderstanding over 'Come As You Are' (letter) - Peter Hannigan
Letters: Call to holiness (letter) - Mark Calleja
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Maryse Usher
Letters: Nihilism (letter) - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Poetry: The Salami Treatment - Bruce Dawe
Books: Decoding Da Vinci, by Amy Welborn - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
Books: Theology of the Church, by Cardinal Charles Journet - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Making Sense of Private Revelations, by Fr Paul Newton - Msgr Peter J. Elliott
Books: Architects of the Culture of Death, by Donald DeMarco and Benjamin Wiker - Jodie Brown (reviewer)
Books: Inspiring Christmas Gifts
Reflection: Today is born to us a Saviour of the world - Pope John Paul II

I do not accept Philip Holberton's criticism of the new draft translation of the Mass (September AD2000). Mr Holberton asks, "Why after 50 years is the Church going back to the past?" But the sacrifice of the Mass goes back 2,000 years.

I have no difficulty in accepting the words which cause much annoyance to your correspondent. I very much dispute the claim that words such as "grievous", "of your bounty" and "deigned" are no longer current.

As for the complaint that "venerable" implies that Christ was an old man at the time of the Last Supper, this expression rather means worthy of veneration or reverence. In any case, didn't Christ say "Before Abraham was, I am"?

As for the query about our not being worthy to have the Lord under our roof, are we not all sinners and therefore not worthy of the Eucharist? However, as we join with the priest to offer the Holy Sacrifice, this is so pleasing to God that we are made worthy. This includes those who through no fault of their own cannot be present at the Mass.

LEO McMANUS
Townsville, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 11 (December 2004 - January 2005), p. 15

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