The Pope has sent a five page long letter to German bishops to clear up an age-old linguistic diatribe which arose from the liturgical reform prescribed by the Second Vatican Council and the translation of the Gospels into vernaculars.
The letter which was signed by Benedict XVI on 14 April and published today by the German Episcopal Conference refers to the translation – packed with theological implications – of the words Jesus pronounced during the Last Supper. His own sacrifice, which in Latin is referred to as “pro multis”, was translated in German as “fuer alle” (for all) and not more literally as “fuer viele” (for many). Ahead of the publication, in German speaking countries, of the new translation of the hymn book (Gotteslob), the Pope, who has always paid utmost attention to liturgical questions and the correct interpretation of the Second Vatican Council, stressed that this translation “is an interpretation” that is coherent with “the principles that guided translations of the liturgical books into other modern languages.” According to Ratzinger however, there is a limit to the translation’s interpretation of the Holy Scriptures and in some points this particular translation appears too “trivial”, leading to “significant losses in meaning.”
“Personally, it became increasingly clear to me that the use of the principal of a non literal but instead of a structural equivalence as a guideline, appeared to have its limits,” the Pope explained. “Because I have to pray liturgical prayers in a number of languages, I sometimes find it hard to find a common link between the various translations and that the content of the original text is only decipherable from afar,” Benedict XVI went on to stress.
Our Pope is both a liturgist and a theologian, which I think irks the old man who desperately sells his worthless booklets.
Uhm....ok ranting aside.
The Pope knows what he is talking about. The more we make things arbitrarily, the more we put our Faith in the balance, shifting most of the time in the court of public opinion and not in the shadow of Tradition.
That is why the Holy Father sees it fit to:
1. Bring back the sense of the sacred in the celebration of the Church's liturgy.
2. Fidelity to the teachings of the Church through his "hermeneutic of continuity" paradigm.
3. Bringing the teachings of the Catholic Church in our personal lives and more importantly in the public square.
LONG LIVE POP BENEDICT XVI!
PRAY FOR HIM ALWAYS!
AD MULTOS ANNOS!!!
VIVA IL PAPA!