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Canadian Lectionary

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 Contents - Mar 2008AD2000 March 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Man-made global warming: new religion? - Michael Gilchrist
Tribute: B.A. Santamaria: ten years on - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
Man-made climate change: another great hoax? - Peter Finlayson
Recovering the sacred in modern church architecture - Moyra Doorly
40 Years On: Vatican II at its mid-life crisis - Br Barry Coldrey
Easter: The Sacred Triduum in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962 Missal)
Crescat amor: What is the nature and purpose of theology? - Fr John O'Neill PP
La Sapienza: Benedict XVI: the papacy and the university - Pope Benedict XVI
Vocations: The priesthood: a special relationship with Christ - Fr Pat Stratford
Vocations: Signs of hope in US diocese
Letters: Christ's Church - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Married clergy - Frank Bellet
Letters: Canadian Lectionary - Matt Walton
Letters: Language - Kevin McManus
Letters: Liturgical abuses - Dennis Macdonald
Letters: Response - Richard Stokes
Letters: Homosexual 'marriage' - Arnold Jago
Letters: Altar rails - Corinne O'Loughlin
Letters: 'Re-ordered' churches - Brian Tooley
Letters: Abortion laws - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: From India - Fr. A. Joseph
Poetry: Time-Warp - Bruce Dawe
Books: GOD AND CAESAR: Religion, Politics, and Society, by Cardinal George Pell - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: SEARCHING FOR AND MAINTAINING PEACE, by Father Jacques Philippe - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: JOURNEY OF A FAITH COMMUNITY, compiled by Tom Johnstone - James E. Scarlett (reviewer)
DVD: NO TURNING BACK: Confessions of a Catholic priest, by Fr D. Calloway - Fr Martin Durham (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on Lent: 'authentic conversion to the love of Christ' - Pope Benedict XVI

Why are we going head over heels to formally institute the 1991 Canadian Lectionary, as indicated by current practice, by the Holy See's recognitio and by ICPEL's interest? (December-January AD2000). This Lectionary was developed by the Canadian Bishops' Conference.

To call the Canadian Lectionary 'modified' is a genteel term for a massive deconstruction of the Holy Scripture for it sets out to change the mind, nature and constitution of the Church, primarily by desacralising and emasculating the Word of God.

Do we really have to live with this parallel Church that has developed within the Catholic Church?

The integrity and readability of language is not necessarily improved by modernising and secularising. The standard pre-l990 versions of the Lectionary tended to carry a rhythm, power and beauty that subsequent 'inclusive' translations have largely failed to achieve.

We have inherited from St Jerome, from St Paul, and from the Apostles and Evangelists an inherent right to hear the Word of God in the fullness of its integrity. By present indications, the English-speaking Bishops Conferences risk instituting a Lectionary which will paradoxically be unacceptable to much of the Catholic Church.

Take a leaf from St Jerome, get it right this time or the faithful will have to devise their own local solutions, as I have already seen in evidence.

MATT WALTON
Palmerston North, New Zealand

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 2 (March 2008), p. 13

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