About John Lilburne
2000 to 2002 General Instructions Detailed
Top Ten Differences
I subscribe to the AD2000 magazine. I am particularly disappointed
by the editorial in the October 2002 edition by Michael Gilchrist.
"The Vox Clara Committee was set up by Pope John Paul
II on 20 April 2002, with Archbishop George Pell as its chairman,
in order that an approved English translation of the new Roman
Missal, according to the guidelines of Liturgiam Authenticam,
be completed "as soon as possible".
I agree with this. Its the second sentence which is nonsense:
"The two-year delay in achieving this goal has been due
to the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL),
which until now has been reluctant to accept the principles embodied
in Liturgiam Authenticam, particularly on inclusive language,
inculturation of the liturgy and free (non-literal) translations
of biblical and liturgical texts."
Michael Gilchrist is blaming ICEL for a two year delay in
the translation of the Roman Missal which was published in March
2002! Its true that in 2000 the Vatican published Institutio
Generalis, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. But
as I have discussed in detail, the 2000 General Instruction is
very different to the 2002 General Instruction.
The editorial highlights the ignorance of people in this matter.
It also adds credibility to the statement of the outgoing head
of ICEL, Bishop Taylor:
"... The impression is given, and indeed is seemingly
fostered by some, that ICEL is a recalcitrant group of people,
uncooperative, even disobedient. This is mistaken and untrue.
One is tempted to suspect that, no matter what ICEL does, its
work will always be criticised by some because their minds are
made up that the mixed commission is incorrigible and unworthy
of continued existence.
Among those immediately affected by these developments, none
has borne their brunt more than the retiring Executive Secretary,
John R. Page. It is John (and, by implication, the other members
of the ICEL staff) who has been pilloried, sometimes by name,
often by title, occasionally by inference. This has occurred
in correspondence, official and unofficial, in articles published
in several countries, in internet and other media. ..."
By J.R. Lilburne, 3 October 2002, updated 21 October 2002.
I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.
Taylor's Statement of 9 August 2002