Association of Catholic Priests I have done my best. I have given the revised Roman Missal a fair wind. I have used it faithfully since its introduction, tried hard to become comfortable with it, struggled earnestly to like it, even hoped that I might eventually come to love it. But to little avail. Words matter. Some of the ponderous, heavily Latinised translations which we received in Advent 2011, are truly dreadful in their syntax and choice of vocabulary. No amount of positive goodwill can change this unavoidable conclusion. In spite of this, I continue to celebrate Eucharist with genuine joy. Increasingly however, I find myself devising a range of liturgical survival strategies in order to circumvent those revised texts which are too wordily unwieldy, difficult, and in some instances impossible to use.

21 February 2014 by Michael Phelan

In his book Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition of May 2012, Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University, writes about St John Fisher, the former Chancellor of Cambridge University and founder of the theology departments at both Oxford and Cambridge universities. John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, was a man of great spirituality and a leading theologian in the Europe of his day. He ghosted writings for Henry VIII that led to him being granted the title of “Defender of the Faith” by the Pope.

In his recent homage to Archbishop Amigo, Pastor Iuventus gives short shrift not only to my fellow Jesuit George Tyrrell, but, by implication, to the Modernist movement as a whole, of which Archbishop Amigo was an arch-enemy. 

There was an article recently in the journal America on line entitled 'Sacred Silence' by Christopher Pramuk . For some reason the high desert plains of New Mexico which he describes have fascinated me over the years although I have never been there. However the startling beauty of the landscape, the association with the artist Georgia O'Keefe, the monastery of Christ in the Desert and the Merton connection have come together to create an attractive image. “One has to be alone, under the sky,” observed Thomas Merton in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, “before everything falls into place and one finds one’s own place in the midst of it all."

                   - one ACTA Co-ordinator’s perspective:

            Members will know that ACTA’s National Leadership Team have been in touch with Cardinal Elect Vincent Nichols and the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to discuss the negative comments about the new Mass translation, which ACTA leaders hear so often around the country. The LT is grateful to Anne O’Connor, our Shrewsbury Coordinator, who decided to collect those she received herself and to forward them to the National Leadership Team. This is her story.