John Lilburne's journal commenting on Bishop Jabale's statement on the new Roman Missal.
1418 L Sat 30 Mar 2002
Since the press conference on the new Roman Missal on 22 March I have only found one bishop's statement about it. This is by Bishop Jabale, Chairman of the Department of Christian Life and Worship of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
However Mass can be celebrated in Latin or English in the parishes. If Bishop Jabale celebrates Mass in Latin today he should use the 2002 Roman Missal, which he was presented with by Cardinal Estevez. He should also follow the liturgical laws in that missal. The 2002 edition should be "currently in use" in that sense.
It should also be noted that the 2002 Roman Missal is the third edition. Before its publication liturgical laws of the second edition of 1975 should have been followed (with instituted lectors and acolytes) not the first edition of 1970 (with sub-deacons).
The General Instruction was published in 2000 and since then there have been statements (such as from Santa Fe) saying the new liturgical laws do not take effect until the Roman Missal is promulgated. Now that this has happened, it seems to me, the new liturgical laws take effect.
But Bishop Jabale does not make such a statement. He does not talk about the new laws. Instead he writes of the "guidance for celebration that this book offers" and:
Chapter Nine has what adaptations can be made, who can make them, and (for some) that unless you have the recognitio of the Apostolic See you do not have an authorized change.
Bishop Jabale concludes:
I hope "as much as two years" is correct. The Caeremoniale Episcoporum (Ceremonial of Bishops) was published in 1984, but (to the best of my knowledge) there is still not an approved English translation 18 years later. Bishop Jabale seems to being saying that there was not a published translation of the 1975 missal in England. If so that did not happen in 27 years.
If for the next 20 years bishops are trying to change the liturgical laws and failing to promulgate the current laws because they may change, then there will be further problems for the unity of the Roman Rite.
There are changes between the 1975 and 2002 Roman Missal that people should be taught about. For example:
Today's editorial in The Australia is headed "In search of truth amid the washing of hands". It includes:
I hope more is done to learn the truth about the current liturgical laws and promulgate them.
1814 K Thu 4 Apr 2002
Having received the 2002 Roman Missal today I have found out that its General Instruction is different to the 2000 General Instruction. The Sequence is to be before the Alleluia, not after it. I have changed the year above from 2002 to 2000 to reflect this. Its good to be closer to the truth on what the new liturgical laws are. But the confusion is disappointing.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 30 March 2002. Last updated 4 April 2002.