ACTA has been campaigning for years for the adoption of the 1998 Missal approved unanimously by the Bishops Conference of England & Wales - this is our chance - please help if you can NOW! 

Please send an email to Fr Paul Gunter  (Secretary for the Department for Christian Life and Worship) and ask his Department to add it as an item for full discussion on the Agenda of the Plenary Assembly of Bishops in November. It has to be proposed by this Department first for the Bishops' Conference to discuss it together.

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The “reform of the reform” has had a few setbacks of late. Less than a month ago, Pope Francis told the Italian bishops: “We can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.” On Sept. 9, with a new motu proprio, he delivered another decisive blow to those who would roll back the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. “Magnum Principium”restores and strengthens the council’s call for local bishops’ conferences to have authority with regard to the approval of translations into the vernacular.

Pope Francis - September 2017

Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of society.
They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others.
And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith.
The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message.
Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

Instruction major reversal of worship congregation's original postconciliar translation rules

by Joshua J. McElwee

Pope Francis has decentralized authority over how the texts used in the Catholic Church's liturgies are translated from Latin into local languages, moving most responsibility for the matter from the Vatican to national bishops’ conferences.  Full Text here: Motu Propio Magnum Principium

In a motu proprio issued Sept. 9, the pontiff says he is making a change to the church's Code of Canon Law so that the Second Vatican Council's call to make the liturgy more understandable to people is "more clearly reaffirmed and put into practice."

Chris McDonnell  CT September 01  2017

There have been many ‘Years’ of celebration proclaimed by popes for the benefit of the Church. How about one with a difference, a ‘Year of the People’ or if you prefer the phrase a ‘Year of the Laity’?