We would like to clarify our community’s leadership position on the new missal, and to provide the reasons behind our decision to not make use of it.
We feel that the new missal really systematically dismantles the Second Vatican Council’s document on the sacred liturgy; “Sacrosanctum Concilium”.
This missal is, unfortunately, yet another example of the Vatican’s “top down” decision making process; a process similar to the one we experienced as we were expelled from all our Catholic Church properties across the U.S.
In addition, we feel that this new missal does not use inclusive language, lacks simplicity and poetry, and excludes women.
In the new translation, the images of God used actually serve to “push us away” from the everyday experience of the Divine, and the language does not encourage us to experience God/Jesus in a personal way in our lives as gay, bisexual, transgender and straight Catholics.
The following information is available about the The Roman Missal, Third Edition implemented in the USA on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011.
- Anthony Ruff, An Open Letter to the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the Forthcoming Missal in America Magazine
- What if we just Said No! The case for a grassroots review of the new Roman Missal
Read the entire essay at the America website
- Misguided Missals: Click here to see a side by side comparison of the 1973, 1998 and 2011 missals.
- The New Roman Missal:The rest of the Story Podcast