THE retiring chairman of the Episcopal Board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), Bishop Maurice Taylor of Galloway, Ireland, has responded to top-level Church critics of the commission.
ICEL has come under scrutiny from the Vatican over its liturgical translations into English.
Last year’s Vatican document on liturgical translations, Liturgiam Authenticam, was widely interpreted as a vote of no confidence in ICEL.
In an August 9 statement, titled ‘The Need for Authenticity’, Bishop Taylor says he feels it is a ‘duty in conscience to speak out on certain matters’.
‘The last several years have been a time of great transition for those charged with the responsibility of preparing the vernacular liturgical texts for Catholics throughout the world,’ he says.
‘Specifically, with the issuance of Liturgiam Authenticam, the regulations laid down for the work of ICEL … have changed.
‘Many good people have suffered during this time of transition.
‘Members of ICEL’s episcopal board have in effect been judged to be irresponsible in the liturgical texts they have approved over the years.’