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Cardinal Medina writes to ICEL member bishops' conferences, rejecting ICEL translation of Roman Missal

In a letter to the Presidents of English-speaking conferences of Bishops, Cardinal Medina of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments officially rejected the translation of the Roman Missal (editio typica altera). Included with his letter are seven pages of "observations." Click to view the text of the letter, with the "observations" appended.

Pope John Paul II writes to Cardinal Medina concerning the Vox Clara Commission

On April 20, 2002, Pope John Paul II wrote to Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina EstÚvez, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, addressing the purpose of the new "Vox Clara" translation commission. Click for the text of the letter.

U.S. Bishops release new norms for celebration and reception of Communion

Effective April 7, 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have released a new set of norms that will govern the celebration and reception of Holy Communion under both kinds. The texts of the decrees and the norms have been posted on the USCCB web site and may be viewed by clicking .

"Vox Clara" translation commission to be established by the Congregation for Divine Worship

The April 5, 2002 issue of the National Catholic Reporter reports on the establishment of a new commission on liturgical translations. Ostensibly designed to speed the process of making new English translations, it will also likely enforce the new norms for translation of liturgical rites, such as the third edition of the Roman Missal. Click for more details.

Rev. Godfrey Diekmann, Noted Liturgist, Editor and Teacher, Dies at 93

The Rev. Godfrey Diekmann, OSB, a member of Saint John's Abbey died Friday, February 22, at the Abbey's retirement center. For details, please follow this .

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Rededicates Renovated Cathedral

The renovated Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was dedicated at a Mass on Saturday, February 9. After weathering some controversy last year, the first phase of the renovation of the cathedral complex in Milwaukee has come to a successful conclusion. Click for details on the renovation and the celebration.

Fifth Instruction, "Liturgiam authenticam," released by Congregation for Divine Worship

Document presents new guidelines for translation of liturgical texts

On March 28 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued the fifth "Instruction for the Right Application of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy" of the Second Vatican Council, Liturgiam authenticam. It took effect on April 25, 2001. According to the Vatican press release, "the Instruction Liturgiam authenticam serves to set forth authoritatively the manner in which the provisions of article 36 of the Liturgy Constitution are to be applied to the vernacular translation of the texts of the Roman Liturgy."

As a service to you, we have downloaded a copy of Liturgiam authenticam from the Vatican website and made it available here. In addition, we are posting a copy of Comme le prevoit, the 1969 document which previously guided translation of the liturgical texts, so that you may readily compare the two. These are both in HTML format and you may download them for your own use by clicking on the links below and then using the "save as" option on your browser.

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