Catholic Mass revisions launch war of words

As America’s 68 million Catholics celebrate Easter this weekend, they also will start preparing to absorb significant revisions to the Mass that include a greater focus on sin and changes in wording that hearken back to majestic, traditional language used at the time of the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. What some have called a “stem-to-stern” revision of the English-language missal – the ritual text for the celebration of the Mass – has been in the works for eight years. It has not come without controversy and dissent. The new missal may not appear in parishes until the end of 2011; however, the first of 22 workshops across the country to train priests and diocesan leaders in its use begins this month in Cincinnati, Richmond, Va., and Phoenix.