A submission from Srs Barbara and Miriam
I understand that today, perhaps more than ever before, there is a need for reform in our Church, particularly here in Ireland. It is no secret that a large number of our Catholic population are no longer church-goers, and our churches are practically devoid of our youth. There is a great deal of anger in Ireland over the recent revelations of scandalous abuse and cover up. I think it is highly inadvisable in such a climate to introduce a new translation of the missal which would be seen by most of the laity as totally irrelevant to their felt need – and this without any consultation either with the clergy in Ireland or the laity, who are, surely, those whom we are anxious to serve.
I think the introduction of the translation should therefore at least be postponed indefinitely or abandoned totally and attention be given to more pressing and relevant reforms.
Srs. Barbara and Miriam