My attention has been drawn to the fact that I am quoted at this website called Misguided Missal. It refers to a blog post I wrote after my first introduction to the new translation of the Roman Missal last January. One or two of the prayers I first looked at seemed clunky and difficult, and I said so.
I should put it on the record (in case anybody is interested) that now that I am using the new translation that I very much like it, and don’t find the words clunky and difficult at all. Rather, the long sentences and subordinate phrases cause me to say Mass more prayerfully and slowly. The beauty of the words draws me closer to God and I have moved from being a tiny bit critical to being a major fan.
I encourage you to go to the site Misguided Missal and see what you think. Before long you will realize that their grumbles are not really about the new translation at all. Instead they go on and on and on and on about being “deeply concerned” they’re “deeply concerned” about most everything in the church–authoritarianism, sexism, patriarchy, repealing Vatican 2, clericalism, non collaboration, etc etc etc.
What is most tiresome about these folks is their whiny self righteousness. They’ve always got a pained, pious look on their face–a kind of hang dog, “suffering for Jesus” look. They give you a wounded smile and nod knowingly and say, “Well, of course we LOVE the church and of course we are FAITHFUL Catholics, so we will have to endure yet again the patriarchal structures and the harsh treatment.”
But underneath all that pious, wounded clap trap they’re just as angry as an old hornet. They’re idealogues, and ideologies are fueled by rage.
The give away is in the last paragraph where they stamp their foot and tell us that “WE are Church!”
Right. I thought it was you guys all along.