Catholic Church Going Old School, Getting Back To Latin With New Mass Translation

Third Edition Of The 'Roman Missal' Set To Be Unveiled This Weekend

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This weekend, Christians will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, and Catholics will begin using a new translation of the Mass.

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The changes will affect the priest more than those in the pews, but many responses will have to be relearned.

“When you tamper with the Mass, you got problems, because everyone is used to praying it,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

Archbishop Dolan, who was informally dressed for a Thanksgiving food distribution on Tuesday, said the new translation is more in keeping with the Latin.

“It’s beautiful, it’s more poetic, more uplifting, more to the normal definitive text which is the Latin,” Dolan said.

The third edition of the Roman Missal replaces the second edition, which was commissioned after Vatican II in the 1960s.

Father James Martin said the translation is a little more elevated. For example, when the priest says: “The Lord be with you,” instead of saying, “and also with you,” the new response is “And with your spirit,” which is closer to the Latin, “et cum spiritu tuo.”

“Now the pros and cons — the pros are that’s what the Latin says so that’s what we should say.  The cons — that doesn’t mean much to a lot of people, if I say, with your spirit,” Martin said.

Grant Gallicho of Commonweal magazine said some American bishops wanted to wait.

“They think the translation is not that good. They think it’s not speakable English,” Gallicho said.

Some Catholics think with the sex abuse crisis and aging priests, the church has bigger problems.

“I think they’re going back to something very conservative, and I find the language very stilted,” John Lee said.

“And to change the Mass seems to be going from bigger issues and going after some of the easy stuff,” Jim Dotter added.

As the archbishop says, it will take some getting used to, but it’s here to stay, until the next time they change it.

The new translation did not come quickly. It has been in the works for some 30 years.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • A guy with a brain

    If you’re Catholic, you know that not all Muslims are terrorists.
    If you’re Catholic, you actually listen at Mass.
    If you’re Catholic, you aren’t racist, because you know we’re all God’s children.
    If you’re Catholic,you don’t insult your own faith.
    If you don’t listen to Mass, or protect your faith from heresy, or respect basic human dignity, well then…
    I’d have to say YOU’RE NOT CATHOLIC

    So why should you be concerned about what happens to the Church?

  • Titus -

    This is exactly what the Catholic Church needed at this point in time. When everyone else is trying to be inclusive and accept anyone with an “oh, you don’t really believe 100% of what we belive, but that’s okay, come on in anyway” attitude, the Catholic Church is saying “Here is who we are, here is what we believe. If you don’t like it, oh well. Not our problem. You’re either one of us or you’re not. And if you’re not on board, there’s a bunch of Protestant denominations that would gladly take your tithe.”

    And personally, I’ll be glad to get rid of the liberals who call themselves Catholics while voting for pro-abortion politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.

  • Jack Steen

    The “new translation” has been in the works for thirty years ??


    Since poofter lace-wearing Benny Ratsy took over, that is !!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • elleblue

    Why do you even bother to comment about something you don’t know anything about? Catholics are reclaiming our faith, culture and tradition.

    If you want to REALLY understand the new translation contact Fr. Barron.

  • Cale Clarke

    I agree with Archbishop Dolan that the new translation is beautiful. I’ve found in giving seminars on the new Missal that once people understand the reasons for the changes, they can’t wait! One of the reasons I created The New Mass app for iPhone and Android was to do just that – help ordinary Catholics learn and appreciate the new translation in a simple way.

    Check out for more info!

  • SML

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  • Joe the Catholic

    Mass is spelled with a capital “M”. Shows that the secular media does not know the Church…they shouldn’t be writing articles about changes in the Church before doing their homework…


    Another reason not to go to church

  • cat on a hot tin roof

    What difference does it make? No one listens anyway….LOL

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