1231 K Thu 2 May 2002
Today I found the Pope's letter of 20 April 2002 about the Vox Clara committee on www.adoremus.org.
I had seen news reports of the letter and had written about it. Seeing the actual text, I think the most important sentence is:
A news report I saw, catholicnews.com, had the headline "Pope says he hopes Roman Missal translation completed quickly". But this is not the real news in the sentence. The real news is in the words: "the publication of which I authorized last year." Last year means 2001.
The Third Edition of the Roman Missal was published with the decree of 2000. But the General Instruction had been changed since 2000. When I received the 2002 Roman Missal on 4 April 2002 I knew this and wrote about it. But the Pope's letter of 20 April 2002 is the only Vatican document that I have understood to say that something happened to the General Instruction in 2001.
Its a relief to have found it. Because until this letter it was not clear who had authorized the changes to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal that were made between 2000 and 2002. The letter means that the Pope did.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 2 May 2002.