Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Renewed Liturgy, ICEL Gain Support from Liturgists Group

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Renewed Liturgy, ICEL Gain Support from Liturgists Group

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ST PAUL, Minn. -- A new organization called We Believe has formed to support the renewed liturgy, including the work of ICEL, the beleaguered International Commission on English in the Liturgy, which is charged with translating and composing liturgical texts.

We Believe, formed in December by about 18 liturgists in Chicago, is seeking signatures on a statement of support for renewed church worship. So far, about 350 people around the country have signed on, according to John Wright, one of the founders of the group. Wright is director of marketing at Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago.

Among the signers are Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago and his auxiliary bishop, John R. Gorman.

The petition comes in the wake of insistent criticism of reformed liturgy by such conservative organizations and individuals as Ignatius Press, Mother Angelica and Catholics for the Restoration in Education of Doctrinal Orthodoxy, a society launched by young, conservative priests in Arlington, Va. Such groups and individuals have long opposed inclusive language and other changes in church texts.

Plans for publishing the statement are not definite and will depend on obtaining funds and more signatures. The group tentatively plans to insert the statement in several Catholic publications and perhaps The New York Times.

Signers are asked to send the statement, along with a cover letter of support, to four bishops: Donald Trautman of Erie, Pa., chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on the Liturgy; Alfred C. Hughes of Baton Rouge, La., chair of the U.S. bishop's Committee on Doctrine; William Keeler of Baltimore, Md., president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati, U.S. bishops' representative to the episcopal board of ICEL.

ICEL was founded in 1963 by bishops from 10 English-speaking conferences in anticipation of the Second Vatican Council document that permitted use of the vernacular (NCR, Dec. …

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