What did the Vox Clara letter say?
On 2 May 2002 I wrote about the Pope's letter to the Vox Clara committee of 20 April 2002. According to a version of the letter I found on www.adoremus.org he wrote:
I saw this as significant because the Pope was saying he authorized the new Roman Missal in 2001.
This is version can also be found at www.vatican.va.
But the September edition of Notitiae (page 439) has two versions of the letter. In English it has:
In Italian it has:
According to an Italian dictionary I have, "scorso" means "last, past" and "anno" means "year".
So there seem to be two versions of the one letter.
Both seem to have been published by L'Osservatore Romano. The English edition of 17-24 April 2002 has "authorized on 10 April 2000". According to Notitiae the Italian edition of 22-23 April 2002 had "scorso anno".
On one level its ironical that there could be this translation confusion in a letter to Vox Clara, a committee to promote accurate translations.
On a more serious level, what is John Paul II saying? Did he approve the changes made to the General Instruction to the Roman Missal, after its publication in 2000 (ISBN 88-209-7012-0)?
At present the Vatican seems to be publishing documents saying one thing in English and another in Italian. One thing on the internet and another in printed publications.
By J.R. Lilburne, 21 October 2002. Updated 29 October 2002, 30 October 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.
With "authorized last year"
With "authorized 10 April 2000"
USCCB BCL Newsletter June 2002 - near end of the Newsletter.