Mar 15, 2011

News and Views

Online Edition: March 2011, Vol. XVII, No. 1

News and Views

Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth: Part Two Released in March | NABRE Bible Appears | Missal Publishers | Video Tutorial for ICEL Mass Chants | SCL Conference on the Roman Ritual | Liturgy Conference in Ireland

Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth: Part Two Released in March

The Vatican press office announced in January that Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth. Part Two. Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, would be launched at a press conference March 10.

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and writer Claudio Magris are scheduled to present the book.

Pope Benedict’s first book in this series, Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, was published in 2007. A third volume that will focus on Jesus’ childhood is reportedly in progress.

The new volume may be ordered from Ignatius Press:


NABRE Bible Appears

A re-revised translation of the New American Bible is to be released March 9, according to reports from the US bishops’ conference. The new edition, called the NABRE (New American Bible Revised Edition), will contain an updated translation of the Old Testament and a recent revision of the psalms, but will retain the 1986 version of the New Testament as in present editions.

The NABRE is published for private use only; the present Lectionary for Mass will not be changed. (The NABRE has been in process for many years. Longtime AB readers will recall that the revision of the Lectionary that took place during the 1990s required amendments to the 1986 Revised NAB New Testament for liturgical use, and the “inclusive language” 1991 revision of the Psalter was rejected, so the original 1970 Psalter has continued in use.)

The Revised Grail Psalter was adopted by the bishops for all liturgical use in 2008, and has recently been published (see the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship report in this issue, page 8).

The Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) produced the NABRE, under the supervision of Father Joseph Jensen, OSB. (Father Jensen’s critique of the 2001 instruction on translation, Liturgiam authenticam, was published in America magazine in August 2001.)

Further complicating the reception and liturgical use of the NABRE is this: at present there is an unresolved dispute between the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the CBA over royalties.


Missal Publishers

Several publishers in the United States have announced that the English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal is available for pre-order, with delivery date of October 1, 2011. Check web sites for further information.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) – Available to pre-order March 1. (Resources on the USCCB web site for preparing and implementing the new Missal: romanmissal/).

Catholic Book Publishing Corporation
Deluxe: $159 Altar: $129 Chapel: $89

Liturgy Training Publications
Deluxe: $500 Church: $175 Chapel: $95

World Library Publications
Deluxe: $395 Value: $195

Other publishers who plan to provide Missal editions (ordering information will be posted online when available):

Midwest Theological Forum
(Note: Vox Clara’s “study edition” of the new Missal is available now.)

Click here for a flyer on The Daily Roman Missal with the new English Translation. All-inclusive Missal with the prayers and readings to all Sunday and weekday Masses in one volume.  — updated 7/12/2011

Click here for a flyer on The Roman Missal, Third Edition — Regal and Classic editions available; both editions with 49 pieces of full-color liturgical masterpieces. — updated 7/12/2011  


Liturgical Press


Video Tutorial for ICEL Mass Chants

One advantage of our current communications technology is instant access to “virtual” resources for the liturgy.

A fine example of this is a series of audio-videos produced by the Catholic Music Association of America (CMAA), for the use of priests and parish musicians (or anyone else) to demonstrate the chanting of the new ICEL Mass settings.

The useful video/audio tutorial consists of a male voice chanting while a video of the actual music being sung appears on screen. The execution of the project is technologically impressive, and the chanting is superb.

There are two online versions of this excellent resource. The easiest to use, in our opinion, is on the Corpus Christi Watershed site: It is also accessible as embedded videos on the CMAA web site:


SCL Conference on the Roman Ritual

The Society for Catholic Liturgy explored aspects of the Roman Ritual at its annual conference held January 28-30 on the campus of St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas. Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo celebrated Mass and attended the conference banquet on Friday.

Bishop Álvaro Corrada del Rio, SJ, of Tyler, Texas, presented the keynote address on Thursday, “Falling in Love with the Liturgy”; and Father Neil Roy, of Notre Dame, opened the Friday sessions with his address, “The Development of the Roman Ritual as a Liturgical Book: A Prehistory and History of the Rituale Romanum”.

Three presenters led workshops on sacred music: Jennifer Donelson of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale; Edward Schaefer, professor of music and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida in Gainesville; and Kevin Clarke, Fellow in Church Music at the Washington National Cathedral and Organ Scholar of Bristol Cathedral, England.

Experienced architects and educators James McCrery, Dino Marcantonio, and Thomas Gordon Smith led two workshops. In the first, the team addressed theoretical considerations regarding the structure, material, and decoration of churches; in the second, they addressed practical matters of church building, decoration, and renovation.

Other scholarly papers were presented, on topics ranging from a reflection on Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theological aesthetics (by Nathan Lefler of the University of Scranton) to “The Sacramentality of Sound: Bells, Organs, and Olivier Messiaen’s Understanding of Musica Sacra” (by Jennifer Donelson).

Among other speakers who addressed the conference sessions were Daniel Van Slyke, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis; Sister Dorothy Jonaitis, OP, University of Dallas School of Ministry; Sister Esther Mary Nickel, RSM, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver; and Fathers Gavin and Timothy Vaverek, both of Texas.

The SCL elected four new members to its board of directors, and James McCrery, of McCrery Architects, Washington, DC, succeeded Father Paul Keller, OP, as president. Carmina Magnusen Chapp, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, is the new editor of the SCL’s journal, Antiphon. SCL web site:


Liturgy Conference in Ireland

Saint Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy has announced the fourth annual Fota International Liturgy Conference (Fota IV) will take place in Cork, Ireland, July 9-11, 2011.

Speakers from the US, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and Ireland, will address the conference topic, “Benedict XVI and the Roman Missal”. They will examine the approach of Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger to understanding and appreciating the Roman Missal.

The conference will be opened by Cardinal Raymond Burke, who will also give the keynote address.

An additional one-day Roman Missal seminar on July 29 will prepare for the new English translation of the third edition of the Missale Romanum. The seminar will be chaired by Cardinal George Pell, Sydney, Australia, president of the Vox Clara Committee.

Proceedings from 2009 Conference

Saint Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy has announced the publication of the proceedings of its Second International Liturgy Conference held in 2009 in Ireland, titled “Benedict XVI and Beauty in Sacred Art and Architecture”. The book features addresses by an international group of scholars in the fields of theology, art, and architecture, who examined the fundamental principles that guide the Church in determining which works of art are truly “signs and symbols of the supernatural world” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 122).

Pope Benedict XVI’s extraordinary combination of theological depth and cultural breadth makes him one of the most important voices in this discussion. The essays in this book draw on the richness of Pope Benedict’s thought to suggest how the Church might overcome the “new iconoclasm” of the post-Conciliar period in order to contemplate the face of Christ more clearly.

Edited by Father D. Vincent Twomey and Janet Rutherford, this is the second book of proceedings of the Saint Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy conferences published by Four Courts Press, Dublin.

The new book on Fota II may be pre-ordered online at the Book Depository:

For further information about the activities of Saint Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy, contact Terry Pender:



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