U.S. Bishops´ President Hails Instruction on Translations

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 15, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The president of the U.S. bishops´ conference welcomed the Vatican issuance of translation guidelines, “Liturgiam Authenticam´´ http://www.zenit.org/english/archive/documents/CDW-liturgiam.htm, dealing primarily with translation of liturgical texts.

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It is the fifth instruction for the implementation of the Second Vatican Council´s Constitution on the Liturgy.

“The instruction clearly states the principles which will guide episcopal conferences in the translation of future liturgical texts,” said Galveston-Houston Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza in a statement. “The principles reflect the discussions the English-speaking conferences have had with the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments over a considerable period of time.”

He continued: “It is now our hope and expectation that there will be a much quicker approval of liturgical texts that are submitted to the congregation. Indeed the proper supervision expected of a bishop for the liturgical life of his diocese depends to a great extent on the availability of approved texts.

“The relationship of the congregation to the English-speaking episcopal conferences and to the mixed-commission ICEL (International Commission for English in the Liturgy) has been a matter of recent discussions with the Holy See. We look forward to continuing this discussion.”

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