Lost in Translation

The English Language and the Catholic Mass

by Gerald O'Collins SJ AC, John Wilkins OBE

Lost in Translation: The English Language and the Catholic Mass
ISBN: 9780814644577
Pages: 132

This book takes a systematic look at the 2010 English translation of the Roman Missal and its failure to achieve what Vatican II mandated: the full and easy participation of priest and people. Critiquing the unsatisfactory principles for translation prescribed by the Vatican instruction Liturgiam Authenticam (2001), this book tells the story of the manoeuvrings that sidelined the 1998 translation that had already been approved by the eleven conferences of English-speaking bishops. Criticising many details in the 2010 translation, an odd ‘sacred vernacular’ that hovers between Latin and English, the book illustrates the clear superiority of the 1998 translation, the ‘Missal that never was.’

Publisher: Liturgical Press

About the Authors

Gerald O'Collins SJ AC

John Wilkins OBE

Add comment