This Week's Podcast: Fr. Michael Ryan on the New Missal

Fr. Michael RyanYou may already be aware that a vigorous discussion of Fr. Michael Ryan's article "Why Don't We Just Say, 'Wait'?" is ongoing in the article's comments boxes. But perhaps you did not know that our podcast this week features an interview with Father Ryan. Father Ryan talks about his experience with the Latin Mass, his dissatisfaction with the new translation of the Roman Missal, and whether his call for a grass-roots reviews of the Missal constitutes an act of civil disobedience.

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8 years 8 months ago
Better yet, what if we just said NO! 
david power
8 years 8 months ago
look at what is written above and consider the life and teaching of St Ignatius!!How far we are from the communion with the Holy Father we are when the slightest thing disturbs us.They tell me there are Chinamen in Jail because they wont renounce communion with this man.In Jail,I kid you not!The spirit of Ignatius and Francisco is long gone.I now imagine one of those Chinamen reading of your sense of injustice,your sense of communion and the confusion that will enter his head.Let each one who responds from now on do credit to the notion of catholicism and the Spirit of Ignatius and answer the question why we do not simply say No.Let this be a feast of communion with the Holy Father"You are Peter".It would be beautiful to see each and every whining American catholic forget himself for a moment and remember what holds us together. Americans love a Challenge we are told,I now offer you all one.Say ,I am with Peter!The editors of America will censor your every word but say it anyway.Cry out that you are with the German in the Eternal City.I am catholic,and I love Christ. Put your voice to the deeds of those incarcerated in China.Those fellow catholics will receive your voice in History.
Paul Ford
8 years 8 months ago
David Power's remark reminds me of Chesterton's statement: '''My country, right or wrong,' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober.''' Power is expecting us to say, “Peter, right or wrong.” This attitude wasn’t Jesus’ (“Get behind me, you satan”) nor was it Catherine of Siena’s. Peter’s supervision of the English translation of the Roman Missal is not an exercise of the charism of infallibility.
My disappointment with the new English translation is not based on its more complicated and exalted vocabulary (as mentioned by Bishop Trautman and Father Ryan). My disappointment has everything to do with the principle of formal equivalence, which is great for a “pony” to help non-Latin readers to understand the Latin text but will leave the average priest wondering what does this Collect mean, for example, and will lead the assembly to ask, “What did he just say?” And if adults will not understand, where does that leave children?
Jim McCrea
8 years 8 months ago
David Power said:  "It would be beautiful to see each and every whining American catholic forget himself for a moment and remember what holds us together."  His answer is: "Say ,I am with Peter!"
Dumb me:  I thought it was faith in the Lord Jesus that holds us (individually and corporately) together.
“I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul.”  
        "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," lecture, Università Popolare, Trieste (1907-04-27),printed in James Joyce: Occasional, Critical and Political Writing (2002) edited by Kevin Barry [Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-192-83353-7], p. 125 
Joh Beeler
8 years 8 months ago
To the Fr Ryans out there: as their sign says, the Episcopal Church welcomes you.


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