A Somewhat Less Fatherly God

Catholic bishops are ready to raise a ruckus over pending revisions in the Mass

WHILE POPES AND PRIESTS come and go, for ordinary Catholics the Mass remains the heart of spiritual stability. To many, the Second Vatican Council's 1963 decision to allow the Mass in common languages instead of Latin only rattled the foundations of the faith. Now an aftershock is about to hit Catholics in English-speaking countries. As a revision of the English Mass makes the rounds of bishops, a conservative group led by Roger Cardinal Mahony, 56, of Los Angeles, is already shooting down the proposed changes. Their complaint: the translation diminishes the Fatherhood of God, as well as the role of Mary...

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