November 14th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Faces of Faith: Changes to the Catholic Mass

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)–Big changes are coming to the Catholic Mass on Thanksgiving weekend as the church enters the liturgical season of advent.

The changes are to English translations of the original Latin of the Roman Missal, which guides Catholic worship services.

Congregants used to reciting the Mass from memory will have to utilize pew cards with updates to the Mass.

In this week's installment of Faces of Faith, CNN's Athena Jones explores what the changes will mean for Catholic congregants and clergy.

You can read more about the changes coming to the Mass and the potential confusion those changes might bring from CNN's Belief Blog here as well.

Over at Time Magazine Elizabeth Dias gives a breakdown of the changes as well and points out, "If anything, it'll be a new way to tell who hasn't been to church in a while."

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  1. ex-catholic

    Nice going , Pope. Drive away more of your flock in a futile attempt to exert your control over the masses. The Catholic church makes changes in policy to keep church goers confused. If you've ever been in a Catholic church you'd recognize that everyone is running on autopilot. They've been conditioned to go and participate through guilt and the fear of going to Hell.
    There is a mass awakening happening and it has nothing to do with Catholic doctrine. The Catholic church is doomed to failure by the actions of its leaders.

    November 16, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • NHTK - 111

      Yep, I know exactly what you're talking about!
      It's time for RCC flock to come out slumber. They have the Bible, and know how to read! And once people are wiling to let go of what they've been taught, and let God show them, they will be able to understand without hindrances. Go IS CALLING His people out, of those who are His will hear His voice and follow Him and will follow no man! This is the fulfilment of what The Scriptures teach, especially for our days.

      November 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • NHTK - 111

      Meant to say: God IS CALLING His people out, and those who are His will hear...

      November 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Rich Griese

    I am not interested in the supernaturalism of Christianity, but am very interested in the study of the early history of the group. I am always happy to talk to others that are also interested in this topic. My interest specifically is up till perhaps a generation or two after Irenaeus. But I would say I am interested in anything from the Maccabean revolt up till about 384CE when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman empire.

    Cheers! RichGriese.NET/religion

    November 16, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  3. concern villager


    November 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  4. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the History of the Roman Church, Catholicism and the Catholic Mass as a form of worship, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon', ‘Popes and the Princes of This World’ and ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Also, to give people a better understanding of the issues that divide this world we invite you to read the article ‘CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’.

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12). The truth is that the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned
    (1 Cor. 2:14). This is why we call all of mankind to repentance.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    November 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • .......

      TROLL ALERT – click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL-It's another CULT!

      November 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • YeaRight

      "CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’."

      I read it and its FULL OF LIES! You are a LIAR which means you are NOT a true christian!

      November 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Plez

      Being that you are promoting this heresy against Jesus's one and only true church, you will be banished to hell fire for eternity.

      Ok, even though I was raised Catholic, I don't actually believe that, I typed it to make a point. AvdBerg, seriously, can't you see how crazy people like you come off? Why can't you simply respect other's religious beliefs and move forward with your own life?

      Christianity would be such a good religion if it weren't for all the idiot Christians who muck it up.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  5. Doc Vestibule

    Thinly veiled idolatry? Check.
    Polytheism disguised as trinitarianism? Check.
    Ceremonial cannibalism? Check.
    Doesn't sound like things have changed too much....

    November 15, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • neoritter

      And we have ourselves our first bigot. That was quick.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • ThinkForYourself

      bigotry? Those are all quite valid critiques. Sorry if you can't handle it.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "Veneration" when prostrating yourself before a statue and praying to it (or through it, according to dogma) is idolatry to me.
      If The Son lacks the characteristics of omnipotence and omniscience and is born of a human mother, He would be a demi-god – not THE full fledged God. Hence the faith is polytheistic.
      A priest intones "the body and the blood of Christ" when handing over the eucharist, which the supplicant accepts as being transubstantiated into literal flesh and blood.
      Ceremonial cannibalism is an accurate description of the rite.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Bucky Ball

      "Thinly veiled" ? Heh heh. Le's face it, their second commandment says : “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of ANYTHING that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth". However they rationalize it, they are breaking their own laws. 😈

      November 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Plez

      You worship Jesus right? Would he approve of your bigotry? No he wouldn't.

      If your an Atheist or an Agnostic just leave the Deists alone. I too do not believe in a supernatural creator, but I also don't find it necessary to troll religious blogs to infuriate Catholics. They (well, technically we, but like I said, I don't believe, I just go because I'm Italian) have enough problems to deal with as is, leave them alone.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  6. RightTurnClyde

    I have the original Latin mass just in case anyone wants it.. I will post it here on CNN.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      In your ear with my entire foot gear. Up your nose with a rubber hose. Take the whole bottle of whatever it is you take to be so stupid maybe you can revert to be like your ancestry... but then you already are .. aren't you?

      November 15, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  7. Answer

    Let them make all the changes they want.

    When they die they'll just die anyways like all of us. These changes that they want are all ceremonial anyways. People are always keen on protecting ceremony more than anything. Establishing a routine is what humankind is about anyways. It wouldn't matter what they do to try to preserve their little corner of unreason. Sooner or later as time passes religion will fall aside.

    Knowledge will trump over ridiculous ceremony and idiotic quotes anyways.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • neoritter

      I see knowledge is already getting the better of you too.

      November 15, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  8. Passive Aggressive

    I am no Christian, and i am opposed to all churches. But there is a lot of intellegence here by the lucid and articulate athiests. I hope and know they will not receive the same judgement.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  9. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I've never met an inteligent believer.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son: "I've never met an inteligent believer."

      Too bad you didn't have the chance to meet the cosmologist who came up w/the big bang theory. He was a Catholic priest.

      November 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Occupy Belief Blog

      I don't understand your reply to Tom Tom. She said SHE has never met an intelligent believer. That does not mean that there are not now nor have every been intelligent believers.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not my post. Just herb the impotent trying to appear better than he is.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Furthermore, it isn't true-I know a number of Christians who are quite intelligent. They're much too busy doing something constructive to post on some anonymous board about how good they are and how everyone who isn't just like them is going to hell.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  10. Alex

    "John Richardson"- give it time, they come up with much worse, and we havent even gotten into the thick of it yet

    November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Smelly Socks

      Alex do you have a personal relationship with Christ?

      November 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Th thick of what?

      November 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • THEY

      Blasphemy is ONLY in the mind of the person who thinks it exists and nowhere else.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  11. Smelly Socks

    Alex, why such venom and anger? Love your brothers and sisters.

    November 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Smelly Socks

      Alex, do you enjoy delicious crab meet dipped in warm melted butter?

      November 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • Smelly Socks


      November 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Smelly Socks

      Alex, why are you prejudiced against crabs?

      November 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  12. Alex

    "smelly socks"- your comments affect me not, but yourself only. Have fun in the afterlife

    November 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Final phrase of post by Alex is a form of Pascal's Wager, a common fallacy.


      November 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Smelly Socks

      Can't be an afterlife if there is no God dum sh-it.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • John Richardson

      There can be a god and no afterlife, an afterlife and no god, both an afterlife and a god or neither an afterlife nor a god.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Smelly Socks

      But there can't be crabs with no melted butter.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  13. Alex

    I am no catholic, and i am opposed to the catholic church. But there is a lot of blasphemy here by the horrid and profane atheists. I hope and know they will receive the same judgement

    November 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by Alex is a form of Pascal's Wager, a common fallacy.


      November 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Smelly Socks

      There is no God, and I have it on good authority that Jesus was a child molester and murderer.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Well, Alex, I only saw one person calling for the use of weapons of mass destruction against a sect in this thread, and that wasn't by an atheist.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • mre

      heres a new one

      destroy all religions with wmds

      there u go

      November 15, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  14. Alex

    A nice change would be nuking that scarlet harlot on seven hills to dust after all the suffering it caused over the course of centuries to protestants they tried to convert. End the mystery babylon.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  15. hippypoet

    this is a pointless article. faces of faith as a headline – great – but wheres the cream filling!

    November 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm |


    November 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain


      November 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • ha ha ha ha

      Why, to show you how stupid you are, Uncouth. Do we need a better reason?

      November 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  17. Is It Just Me

    Elisabeth Dias, "If anything, it'll be a new way to tell who hasn't been to church in a while."

    How useful for a judgmental pointy nose!

    November 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  18. Reality

    For the next change to finally bring Christianity into the 21st century:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


    November 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Guest

      More cut and paste from you? At least copy some new quotes that you saw someone else write if you're not original enough to do your own, which is always appears to be the case.

      November 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      A few of the studies of said NT historians and theologians:

      o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.
      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–
      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:39 am |
  19. This is not news. It's not even new news. This is pathetic.

    So if they change the font in their weekly newsletter, we can expect CNN to cover the massive change in doctrine? Great.

    November 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • sevres Blue

      Sorry, this is HUGE news. It means people who don't go to church (albeit Catholics) will be lost when they DO go. Which will make them NOT go, because it's unfamiliar and uncomfortable. And the changes seem frivolous, and random, like change for the sake of change. The Church has enough problems, why would they do something stupid like this? I've read the changes and they are ridiculous.

      November 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Doh, me noose vo bis coomb.

      Exactly. It's because the Pope is a very conservative guy, who would make them do it in Latin, if he could. The Romans pulled the cultural rug out from under their people in the 60's, and now they are doing it again. They are so stupid, they don't even understand their cultural heritage is all they have left.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  20. Tim PA


    November 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • .

      I'll second that.

      November 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Vern Ackular


      November 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • ohmy

      meh cubed and squared
      cnn sux

      November 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
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