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 Contents - Mar 2008AD2000 March 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Man-made global warming: new religion? - Michael Gilchrist
Tribute: B.A. Santamaria: ten years on - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
Man-made climate change: another great hoax? - Peter Finlayson
Recovering the sacred in modern church architecture - Moyra Doorly
40 Years On: Vatican II at its mid-life crisis - Br Barry Coldrey
Easter: The Sacred Triduum in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962 Missal)
Crescat amor: What is the nature and purpose of theology? - Fr John O'Neill PP
La Sapienza: Benedict XVI: the papacy and the university - Pope Benedict XVI
Vocations: The priesthood: a special relationship with Christ - Fr Pat Stratford
Vocations: Signs of hope in US diocese
Letters: Christ's Church - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Married clergy - Frank Bellet
Letters: Canadian Lectionary - Matt Walton
Letters: Language - Kevin McManus
Letters: Liturgical abuses - Dennis Macdonald
Letters: Response - Richard Stokes
Letters: Homosexual 'marriage' - Arnold Jago
Letters: Altar rails - Corinne O'Loughlin
Letters: 'Re-ordered' churches - Brian Tooley
Letters: Abortion laws - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: From India - Fr. A. Joseph
Poetry: Time-Warp - Bruce Dawe
Books: GOD AND CAESAR: Religion, Politics, and Society, by Cardinal George Pell - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: SEARCHING FOR AND MAINTAINING PEACE, by Father Jacques Philippe - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: JOURNEY OF A FAITH COMMUNITY, compiled by Tom Johnstone - James E. Scarlett (reviewer)
DVD: NO TURNING BACK: Confessions of a Catholic priest, by Fr D. Calloway - Fr Martin Durham (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on Lent: 'authentic conversion to the love of Christ' - Pope Benedict XVI

The new English translation of the Novus Ordo Mass due out in the next two years could very well be the last chance of the full vernacular in the English-speaking world.

But the signs are not good. There is still too much tinkering with language. Not by the clergy so much as by the liturgists. For example, feminist words are frequently inserted in the Mass. Little do people realise that if the gender of the Holy Spirit is changed then Christ must have had two mothers.

Another example is the use of the pompous expression, 'breaking open the Word, or even, 'we break open the Word of the Lord'. Just a piece of harmless tautology?

The only popular use of 'breaking open' would be in opening a packet of biscuits, not a book, and least of all the Bible. In general one either opens something or breaks into it or out of it. In any case, the book is already open on the lectern.

Christ said, 'Heaven and Earth will pass away but my words will never pass away' (St Mark 13:31; St Luke 21:33). Christ never breaks His word and to use the words 'break' and 'word' together implies that He does.

If the clergy are serious about making a success of the new translation they would be very wise to clamp down on any liturgical adventures now.

KEVIN McMANUS
Ashfield, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 2 (March 2008), p. 13

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