Sunday, October 25, 2009

Of Fishy persons

~Bp. Donald Trautman, er, Fish...person has once again complained bitterly about the new Mass translations. He's really worried that we stupid Catholics in the pews just won't get those "ineffable" words.

My question to him: Your Excellency, we've had forty years of dynamic translations and yet belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament has plummeted. Shouldn't we have had an exponential increase since the nifty vernacular translations made the Mass more accessible? Instead we have nosediving attendance at Mass and that the fastest growing denomination in the US is fallen-away Catholics.

Why?Is?That?

Perhaps, just maybe, the street language that y'all presented the Mass to the masses made the Mass trivial and not worth getting out of bed for or skipping Sunday morning talk shows.

Read: Bishop criticizes 'slavishly literal' translation of Missal.

[Was that headline a dig at a famous slavishly-accurate priest of our happy acquaintance?]

Here's a gem from Bishop Fishperson/daughter's comments:
“Did Jesus ever speak to the people of his day in words beyond their comprehension? Did Jesus ever use terms or expressions beyond his hearer’s understanding?”
Yeah, Your Excellency, those disciples of his really didn't get what Jesus was saying in their language. Really! Read the Bible. They were often scratching their heads. And Jesus had to keep 'splainin' things over 'n over agin.

1 comment:

DerJimbo said...

Trautman keeps banging away at this, but he doesn't seem to be getting much traction. At least, I hope not.