Magnum Principium

US Bishops Set Course on Liturgical Translations

In the wake of Magnum Principium’s changes to the process for approving liturgical translations, the U.S. bishops are charting a careful path forward. By Joan Frawley Desmond, Jan. 9, 2018 WASHINGTON — When Pope Francis altered the sensitive process of approving liturgical translations... read more

No Response to the Pope From Cardinal Sarah

By Mark Lambert, November 16, 2017 I found an interesting German report here which suggests that Cardinal Sarah has failed to respond to Pope Francis' request to publicise his response to statements by the Cardinal on the Internet (as outlined in this post from October 23rd). The post suggests... read more

Cardinal Müller: bishops’ conferences cannot have the final word on translations

by Staff Reporter, 10 Nov 2017 The cardinal said bishops often use translators who 'water down' liturgical texts Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said the Vatican must have the ultimate authority over translations of liturgical texts, or else the unity of the Church could be... read more


by Marco Tosatti, 10.23.17 Now that Cardinal Gerhard Müller has been removed from his post at the Vatican, the main target of the circle around Pope Francis is Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Their latest coup is the release of a letter of “correction”... read more

Cardinals Marx and Sarah disagree on Magnum Principium

by Staff Reporter, 16 Oct 2017 Cardinal Sarah says the motu proprio does not substantially alter the authority of the Holy See on liturgical translations Two cardinals have disagreed over how much authority the Pope’s motu proprio Magnum Principium gives to local bishops’... read more

Cardinal Cupich: Pope Francis’ Mass translation change another sign that Vatican II endures

By Michael J. O’Loughlin, September 09, 2017 A change in canon law announced today by Pope Francis, which gives greater control over liturgical translations to local bishops’ conferences, is at its heart an affirmation of the Second Vatican Council. That is how Cardinal Blase Cupich, the... read more

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Draws Mixed Reaction

‘Magnum Principium,’ issued motu proprio, shifts some responsibility for translating liturgical texts from the Vatican to bishops’ conferences. By Edward Pentin, September 15, 2017 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ apostolic letter Magnum Principium, which shifts some responsibility for... read more