And With Your Passage: The "New Mass" Train Rolls On
As things didn't go so smoothly last year, this is progress.
The translation of the Order of Mass II (of the Roman Missal) received 191 votes in favor, 25 against and five abstentions.
The translation of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Intentions passed by 163 votes, while 53 bishops voted against it and five abstained.
The translation of the rituals for Votive Masses and Masses for the Dead passed 181 to 32 with two abstentions.
And the translation of the text for Ritual Masses received 186 votes in favor, 32 nays and two abstentions.
Come November, the USCCB will take its final votes on the 2002 editio typica in English. From there, so they say, it's not without possibility that Rome's recognitio (confirmation) for the completed Missal could arrive even before year's end.
To date, however, just two of the eleven Anglophone conferences have green-lighted the entire revised package of Mass-texts, which prematurely appeared in South Africa late last year. Once the Holy See grants its blessing to the "new" Mass -- which, in a change from present practice, will utilize the same text across the English-speaking world -- it falls to each national conference to fix an implementation date.