Pope publicly clarifies new translation rules in letter to Cardinal Sarah

The Vatican is not to “impose” a specific liturgical translation on bishops’ conferences, but rather is called to recognise the bishops’ authority and expertise in determining the best way to faithfully translate Latin texts into their local languages, Pope Francis said in a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah.


In the letter, released by the Vatican on October 22, Pope Francis said he wanted to correct several points made in a “commentary,” which Cardinal Sarah sent him and which was published on several websites in a variety of languages.


The Pope’s letter noted that most of the websites “erroneously” cited Cardinal Sarah as the author of the commentary.


The commentary looked at changes Pope Francis made to the Code of Canon Law in the process for approving liturgical translations. The changes were ordered in the Pope’s document, “Magnum Principium” (“The Great Principle”), which was published on September 9 and went into effect on October 1.

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