Missal Defense by Helen Hull Hitchcock

Missal Defense

The Vatican Issues Rules on Liturgical Translations

by Helen Hull Hitchcock

In a remarkably forceful and far-reaching document, the Holy See issued an “Instruction” presenting the principles to be followed in translation of the Liturgy of the Catholic Church into vernacular languages. The 35-page instruction, titled Liturgiam Authenticam (Authentic Liturgy), was made public on May 7, although Pope John Paul II had already ordered that it come into effect on April 25, 2001.

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