On Sunday, Catholic Mass won't sound the same
Rev. Benny George is a associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Burbank, California.
November 26th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

On Sunday, Catholic Mass won't sound the same

By Jim Roope, CNN Radio National Correspondent

(CNN)–If you’re Catholic, mass this Sunday will sound different for  the first time in nearly half a century.

You’ll hear it in the prayers of both the people and the priests.

“We have come back to a more accurate translation of the Latin from the Roman Missal,” said Fr. Rick Hilgartner, executive director of the Divine Office of Worship for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The language of prayer should be evocative, speaking in terms of imagery and metaphor.”

The changes are enormous, said Fr. Richard Albarano, of St. Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, California, and should help the 280 million English-speaking Catholics grow in their  love for the mass. “The mass is the center of our lives,” said Albarano.

Not since the Second Vatican Council in 1965 have such sweeping changes been made.

The Vatican II changes were radical – the priest spoke in English instead of Latin and he faced the people instead of having his back to them. An Old Testament reading was also added to the mass, a surprise to many who thought of the Catholic Church as a New Testament only church.

Other changes, large and small, were designed by Pope John XXIII to get the people (and not just the priest) involved in the mass. But the changes were not communicated in advance. People showed up one Sunday morning, and it was all changed.

“They wondered if they were even in a Catholic church,” said Albarano.

This time, the Catholic Church has been talking about the changes, and communicating them to parishes, since 2000. For the past three months, many parishes have been working to ready their followers for the changes in the wording of the prayers.

That doesn’t mean some won’t be caught by surprise. “It’s going to be like Vatican II all over again,” Albarano said. “I haven’t heard much about catechizing across the Los Angeles Archdiocese at all. We said we were going to do it. I hope we did.”

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  1. I-so-much-agree


    November 27, 2011 at 10:10 am |
    • TC

      Then you are posting in the wrong forum.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  2. cathlic

    Does that mean Catholicism is reverting back to its pagan roots?

    November 27, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      Too bad there's no 'like' option here.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • ILikeRush

      too bad there is no dislike option.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth


      November 27, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  3. I-so-much-agree

    Bloodymary, first of all I am college educated and second of all I did not know we were having a writing contest to make one believe or see things. If you dont like how I shared it but have an error with my spelling ..........SORRY

    November 27, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      Hmmm... all caps. Someone is getting angry. That's not very Christian of you. Shouldn't there be some cheek turning at this point?

      November 27, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  4. Mikeinfc

    A new way to take something that is incredibly boring and make it even more so. Roman Catholicism is one of the biggest cults in a sea of cults. Making a ritual more complex is an effort to make it seem more legitimate in a time when more people see it as a farce. If everyone believes that their belief is the only true belief and that everyone else is wrong, by default, each and every believer must be wrong. But, I'm fully aware logic and the church are like two ships passing in the night.

    November 27, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Liberal Catholic

      you have no idea what a cult is because the Catholic Church is not a cult. The second argument is that you have little or no idea what the catholic faith or what rituals are with regards to the church. As Catholics we believe that there are many ways to enter heaven, catholics may have the more direct route as we have the fullness of faith which is depositied from the unbroken line of succession from Peter to the current Pope. So all faiths can enter into heaven, just not as easly as Catholics; but with great knowlege comes great responsibility so we are fully culpable for our actions because of this fullness of faith. With regards to rituals, we have rituals because we need to remember where we came from. We have the 2000 year old tradition that we take from where other ecclesiatical communities "protestant churches" have only 50-500 years of tradition. We have traditions that date back to when the diciples were walking the earth, so call our rituals silly and boring, but they are filled with the 2000 year old tradition that is the Catholic and Christian Faith.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      A cult becomes a self-proclaimed religion when it is accepted by a large group of followers. Any organization that involves controlling people through promises or threats involving the afterlife without a shred of proof, while using rituals, sacrifice, chants and costumes is a cult. Since I don't accept a controlling body the signifies rank based on the size and color of hats, it is a cult to me. Otherwise, based on your argument, the Branch Davidian is as valid and true as the Roman Catholic church.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      Based on your "age of religion" argument, then wouldn't Judaism be far more valid than Catholicism? I do like your description of the express lane to heaven. Another amusing, yet baseless promise. How can the chants and rituals help you remember where you came from when it is supposed to be given in a language nobody speaks anymore? The unbroken line of succession is a fun one. Did you ever read the history of the Popes? It makes the mafia look like a Sunday bridge club. In any case, I was baptized Catholic. I studied the religion extensively and came to the logical conclusion that it is a bunch of smoke an mirrors used to control people who live in a world dominated by fear and guilt. I decided to live my life filled with joy and happiness. I can't do that when someone is telling me I'm going to hell because I don't give money to some organization. If fear and guilt help you sleep at night, more power to you. Believe what you believe. I am true to myself, the only person any of us should ever be true to.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      @Lib Cath
      What exactly are your traditions that date back 2000 years, that Protestants don't have ?

      November 27, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  5. stund

    We attended mass as usual this weekend.....however it was far from usual. During all the new responses the congregation sounded more like "babble" rather than one body. All the information is there for the new language however alot of the parishoners do not follow along in the missal. So to sum it up, church felt akward and embarassing as we stumbled through thanking and praising God.

    November 27, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • chief

      i dont know why blatently reciting some catholic litergy to praise God is awkward when they change the words.... you must not be a good catholic......

      November 27, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  6. Rainer Braendlein

    The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is no more Christian Church, although she has true Christian roots. Up to pope Gregory the Great (Gregory I, 540-604 a. D.) the RCC was indeed a Christian Church. Up to this time Italy still belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire (capital: Constantinopel) and thus the RCC was one of several Christian Churches of the Eastern Roman Empire like the Church of Egypt (See: Alexendria), the Church of Palestine (See: Jerusalem), the Church of Syria (See: Antioch) and the Church of Greece (See: Constantinopel) and others. Up to this time it was completely unimagineable that one single little man should lead the whole Christian Church of the Roman Empire, but sometimes the independent Christian bishops of the Roman Empire met at Ecu-menical Councils, where they discussed difficult matters of the doctrine and came to decisions. Up to 607 a. D. there was no papacy on earth.

    The corruption of the RCC began with a decision (edict of Phocas to pope Boniface III from 607) of the criminal emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire Phocas (he was an ancient Hitler). He made the Roman See the highest on Earth and seemingly the (criminal) Bishops of Rome after Gregory the Great accepted that wicked decision.

    Around 800 a. D. the worst forgery of history was made-up: The Consti-tutum Constantini or Donation of Constantine. This false docu-ment claims that the Emperor Constantine had been cured by pope Sylvester I and in his grati-tude Constantine had made the pope higher than himself and higher than all other bishops on earth (this would confirm the edict of Phocas, if it would be true). This docu-ment was considered true for centuries (from 800 to 1440 a. D.) and the RCC reasoned her worldly rule with this false docu-ment.

    By pope Gregory VII (1020 to 1085 a. D.) the corruption of the RCC reached her top. He drafted a papal docu-ment, called Dictatus Papae, in which he claims that all the princes have to kiss the feet of the pope and that he has the right to depose the emperor, furthermore he confirms the Bishop of Rome as the Universal Bishop (bishop of all bishops) and that alone the Roman Bishop is allowed to appoint and to depose other bishops. On February 14, 1076 pope Gregory VII indeed deposed the emperor Henry IV, who was emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (center: Germany). The papal rule lasted for 666 years until a secular emperor (independent from the pope) was established again on February 12, 1742 (Charles VII was the first non-Hapsburgs after a long time of Hapsburg rule; the Hapsburg emperors were extremly subordinated to the pope).

    The number 666 is mentioned in the Book of Revelation of the Bible. For 666 years the Holy Roman Empire (center: Germany) was ruled by the pope, who was the boss of the Holy Roman Emperor.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      Either you are a biblical scholar (unlikely) or you can cut and paste. I wonder which it is.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      You can easily examine the historical data of my comment by wikipedia.

      I claim that my comment bases on historical facts.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      I didn't dispute the validity of the content of your post.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • Liberal Catholic

      Also there was a papicy before 607 a.d. as you have no idea what you are talking about. The line of succession starts with Peter and continues from there.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Liberal Catholic

      Neither St. Peter, nor St. Peter's faith is the rock, but Jesus himself.

      God builds his church on the Rock Jesus Christ.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      Jesus was firmly against the concept of money making churches, yet, there's the old Catholic church selling absolution and charging admission (yes they claim it's "voluntary"). Doesn't that make the Catholic church exactly what Jesus was opposed to? Or, is that one of those things that's easily overlooked due to it's inconvenience?

      November 27, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      Rainer can cut and paste, that's about the extent of his abilities.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  7. Mr. Duckworth

    Someone who apparently never reads history said – "How does it feel to be part of an organization that's killed more people…" 1) The Fact Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot Godless regimes murdered more people in the last hundred years by far than any other organization did in a thousand years. Easily verified by history – you can't hide from the facts. 2) The values the atheists espouse – respect for individuality, value of individual life, women's rights – are concepts that ALL were 1st introduced by Christianity thru Jesus. Read – research and learn – don't just get your opinions off talking fools on TV.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Mikeinfc

      I guess it's more a question of who has killed more "in the name of the Lord?" Hitler also claimed to be Christian, but that's besides the point.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  8. Jackie

    To AK, we do not worship idols, It's like a picture u have of a loved one, when you look at that picture are u idolizing the picture or the fact they were a part of your life. Get a grip

    November 27, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • chief

      do you kneel and pray to a picture of a loved one? do you do the sign of the cross to old ungle huey when you walk by his picture? come on idol worshipper.....

      November 27, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • I-so-much-agree

      Why does one think a Catholic worships a statue as an idol???? First of all, we pray , honor and giver reverance to, RESPECT. No one prays to idols they are their to bring to mind and certainly we can do away with them to pray to all the angels, saints and to god the father,son and holy spirt.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • chief

      my side hurts.... your right, do away with them and pray to angels, dead people, and more dead people..... typicial catholic voo-doo..... dilute the truth with man made feel good traditions and bs....

      November 27, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  9. I-so-much-agree

    At the end of time, there will be division within one and other. Mother against husband, brother against sister and its all of us divided from one another. If we know the true god, then it should be bringing us closer and united with the same god and true god. To really be honest its does not effect me in any way how a person chooses to praise god but to say how I should praise or honor him is my business. We all can learn and share from each other and open our minds to what can benefit us and bring us together if we can only do what is needed but to develop and understanding about who we are and how we practice as christians.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • I-so-much-agree

      OOPs.......wife against husband , sorry about the mistake.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • I-so-much-agree


      November 27, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  10. joey

    luckily, the poope owns shares of KY

    November 27, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  11. I-so-much-agree

    What I see happening is, its time and change that has taken place within the church for ages. The concern I have is, its what is changed and for what benefits does it serve. I am sure the Catholic does have reason behind why they changed mass and to what its going to serve. Also, with being Catholic, no church, person or wether its a priest is going to dictate to me on how to see it or accept it in its form. I will not be controlled over some object to serve others but only to serve Christ our God and nothing more. Its sad what has changed within the Catholic church but its over time that changed it but to fit the common good for only a purpose. Somethings you learn and wise up too but you can see what is man-made verses God-made 🙂

    November 27, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Bloody Mary

      Maybe someone will take your posts more seriously if you use a spell checker, and if you learn the correct usages of:
      to vs. too
      its vs. it's.
      Alterately, you can just go on typing nonsense about your silly supersti-tions.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Liberal Catholic

      if you believe that it is only you who can decide what to believe and that a priest does not have athority to be an expert on religion when they have many years of experience, then you are not catholic, and im sorry to say that. You are protestant and should consider joining an ecclesiatical community or as protestants like to call it; thier Church. And you should read the gospel of John when you are talking about not wanting to serve others. We are called into service by our baptism and our love of Christ; if that does not compell you to serve others, then when you partake in the eucharist, you are not fully understanding the transformation that should be taking place within you, which should lead you to be like Christ and to serve others.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  12. joey

    jerry sandusky has some sort of mass around his shower ? mystery ?

    November 27, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  13. rtbd

    It is the hatred toward the Catholic church that has ultimately resulted in my conversion toward it. I was not raised Catholic, and never felt pressured, put-upon, or anything else that so many complain about. I have never felt threatened by the faith of Christians, and could not understand where everyone else is coming from. After years of searching I came to realize that it is, in fact, Satan that causes the uproar against the church. It should be very easy for everyone to simply ignore what goes on in a Church in which they are not involved. Ultimately, I have arrived at a place where I finally understand it – the hatred toward Catholics and other Christians is not because they "force" their beliefs on others – there is FAR more forcing coming from Hollywood and atheism urging the destruction of belief in Christ. Within the realm of Christianity, I have chosen the Catholic Church because of it's lineage and logic. It has been flawed by man over the years, but is still Home. Also, the Bible is not the only source of information, and not all teaching/inspiration needs to be rooted in it. Even the Bible has been modified by man over the years, as several faiths decided to remove certain books from the Bible when they were felt to be not in line with what they wanted to profess.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • joey


      November 27, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Bob

      rtbd, yeah, too bad they took those books out. But they did leave Leviticus in there for you, so you can learn exactly how god wants you to cruelly kill and burn an innocent animal to make a nice smell of burning flesh for your evil ass-hole of a god.

      No thanks. Keep your sick Catholic beliefs to yourself. Silently, please.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • gara56

      @Bob: You comment highlights the sad reality of our society–ignorance, intolerance and stupidity. It's no wonder why our society is going down hell in a hand basket.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • cinta

      @rtbd: Thank you. I, too, don't understand the vitriol against the church except in the context of evil at work in the world. People who don't believe theoretically shouldn't care, but they seem to care an awful lot! Maybe the excessive interest that the Church seems to arouse in nonbelievers is partly a manifestation of the innate yearning that exists in all people. "God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you." (St. Augustine) All we can do is hold steadfast in our beliefs, do our best to live our lives in imitation of Christ, and pray for transformation of the world.

      November 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Everyone will leave the church alone when the church leaves everyone else alone. The church has been one of the most oppressive insti-tutions in the world for over 1500 years. Why should anyone remain silent about it?

      November 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      @cinta Grow up and get real. The sort of collective narcissism you wallow in is pathetic even by the sorrow standards of religious adherents.

      November 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • cinta

      @johnfrichardson: How are you being oppressed?

      November 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I was an agnostic when I started posting here. I just wanted to see what my fellow humans were thinking, and people tend to show their true natures when hiding behind the mask of anonymity. What I found here has led me to believe that far too many christians perceive their faith as simply a "Golden Ticket" to eternal life. There is little here about loving your fellow man, but far too much about "god-approved" hatred and bigotry. And far too much gloating about the hypothetical eternal torture of others.

      I believe that there is value to the words of Christ, not because I think he is the son of god (there is no proof of that), but because they teach simple decency. Far too many christians here (and elsewhere) only remember the part about getting to heaven, not the parts about how to conduct your lives.

      As for the catholic church, it is rife with the sort of hypocrisy I would as.sociate with any dictatorship. There is great wealth at the top, but squalor for many of the believers. The pope won't allow birth control, so infant mortality rates and poverty rates increase among the poorest believers. Is this really what Jesus had in mind?

      The church protects pedophile priests, but when an 8-year-old child in Brazil was ra.ped by her step father and became pregnant with twins, the church excommunicated the mother of the girl and the doctors who treated her when they decided an abortion would save her life. The rap.ist was not excommunicated. What sort of church protects the criminal at the expense of the victim?

      If there were not the prize of heaven, would you defend this church? If this was a secular business, would you think it good and beneficial?

      The hollow words of christians, the sheer number of gods that have been invented since the dawn of humanity, and the simple, yet elegant logic of natural science has led me to realize that I am indeed an atheist.

      November 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bob

      gara56, care to elaborate? Your statement is unsupported.

      As for "stupidity", I bet my IQ is at least 25 points higher than yours. Care to take me on in a test, you stupid ass-hole?

      November 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  14. Jeff from Columbus

    Sigh...and the bigotry towards Catholics by liberals and Democrats is displayed once again. This is a simple story about changes in the Catholic mass. But, liberals and Democrats have such utter hatred towards Catholics, they can't pass up ANY opportunity to practice their bigotry towards Catholics.

    How sad. Why can't liberals and Democrats let Catholics practice their religion in peace?

    I thought liberals were about freedoms and being open. Obviously, I was wrong. Like many others, they hate those who don't think like they do.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • jim

      I think you are very correct. Dems want everyone to follow them or the ones who refuse are bad people. [ communists ]

      November 27, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Liberal Catholic

      I am a former seminarian at Mundelein and I am Democratic and Proud. You speak of liberal with distain, but I pick up the liberal badge and wear it proudly. Read the Gospel of John and you will find that Jesus was a Liberal and most likely would have been a democrat. With regards to the story, I dont like several of the changes because they dont make sense in English. It shouldnt be about getting it closer to the Latin Rite, but rather to have people understand it better. We all dont need to be saying the exact same words around the world, we are not casting spells. I think the V 2 way of saying the Nicene Creed was more in line with the belief that we are all saved in community with oneanother and the new version takes that out.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Bob

      Jeff, nope, not just the liberals and Democrats. I'm a conservative. I just got sick of you religioturds pushing your idiotic sky fairy stories on the rest of us and impacting our laws and government policy.

      Give some thought to the fact that there is no proof for your beliefs, and that your sky fairy has deigned to show his ugly face for >2000 years. Some reasonable doubt is in order, don't you think, even if your ass-hole of a god purportedly will torture people eternally for that minor "sin".

      Take your sicko Christian dogma and shove it.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Jeff from Columbus

      @Bob: Ok, you don't believe in Catholicism. Which is fine. But, why the need to denigrate me because I DO believe in Catholicism? Because I'm different than you? Why the hatred towards those who believe in something different than you?

      As for your comment about "proof" – its called FAITH for a reason. If we knew for a fact God existed and there was a heaven, what would be the point of our faith? I don't need to SEE God to prove my faith.

      But, again, if you think that's baloney, that's your perogative. All I ask is that I can practice my beliefs without being discriminated against.

      November 27, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • Eileen

      Hey Jeff from Columbus: I' m a liberal Democrat and a Catholic. So please stop with the broad sweeping generalizations...

      November 27, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  15. davidmij

    You know, if you were born in another part of the world you would have been raised and taught a completely different story, and you would believe it to be the truth. Religion can be a good thing, but it is mostly a problem with the entire world.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  16. chief

    same old crap, trying to keep people confused and in the dark while portreying themselves as the end all.... United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The language of prayer should be evocative, speaking in terms of imagery and metaphor.”

    imagery.... HA ...

    November 27, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  17. toxic zebra

    The comments on this article would make a very nice pleasant book in itself! Maybe raise some money for charity.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  18. msmith

    There's a time and place for jokes and laughs and things, but the sacredness of the Church and the changes does not warrant your sarcasm. I don't appreciate either of your remarks. Sorry.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Kamikaze

      How does it feel to be a part of an organization that's murdered more people then any other in the history of this planet?

      November 27, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • chief

      the catholic church isnt sacred ... or even goldly or Christian.... so its open fair game to be ridiculed for what it is....

      November 27, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Bill

      Is that anyway to talk about America!

      November 27, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  19. Vince

    Colin can I ask you if you are married or in love with a significant other?

    November 27, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • Hoovervilles

      Why does this matter to you!

      November 27, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  20. Scott

    Why is it that with the Cartholic church it is always about the Vatican and what they want, it is never about the people and what they want and need in their religion. They continue to alienate at every turn.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • msmith

      You're a jerk who hurt about something and don't have a clue about anything. The reason the seat of the Church is in Rome is because that's where St Peter died for people like you and like me. That's why the Pope resides in Rome. When Peter was martyred, the early Christians loved Peter as their Shepherd and first leader and they said: "Where Peter is, there is the Church". Why don't you go a reflect on the God-given gift of your faith... whatever that is. You may surprise yourself at how much you DO love the Church. Find out the facts before you become to cynical.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • Mildred the Mouth

      "hurt' ?? hahahahahaha "to cynical" ??? hahahahahahahaha
      The Bishop of Rome os the "pope" because of political infulences in history, (and was not always the case). The "seat" of the Roman Church was NOT always Rome, and has changed a number of times. Have you ever considered taking an English class ?

      November 27, 2011 at 10:52 am |
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