Cardinal Pell says the new Mass translation should be in use end of next year. He also talks about South Africa already using it (though not legally) and the Priest facing East!!! Parts of an inteview are below but for the whole thing where he talks about Pope Pius XII and SSPX etc the link is provided.
**Where do you think the liturgical development is heading? **
I don’t know. I’m not a professional liturgist. I am keen that we strengthen the vertical dimension of the liturgy, if we can, in the popular understanding, so that it’s very obviously not just community-centred, it’s God-centred, it’s an act of worship. I’m very sympathetic to that. I’m even sympathetic for the Canon of the Mass that the priest has his back to the people.
**As something obligatory? **
Yes. Now there’s nothing like a consensus in favour of that at the moment. I think I would be in favour of it because it makes it patently clear that the priest is not the centre of the show, that this an act of worship of the one true God, and the people are joining with the priest for that.
Another way of acknowledging that: I’m very much in favour of having a crucifix in front of the celebrant during the Mass when we’re facing the people.
**Between the priest and the people, in front of the altar? **
Yes, sometimes it might be flat, sometimes it might be vertical. But that distracts attention away to some little extent from the main celebrant. I think also I find the figure of Christ is a great aid to recollection and prayer while you’re saying the Eucharistic Prayer.
**As president of the Vox Clara Committee you have been advising the Congregation for Divine Worship on the new English translation of the Mass. Do you hope that the new translation will help to emphasise that vertical dimension of the Mass? **
Yes, very much so. I’ll be surprised if there’s more than a few hiccups when it comes it. I think it will go well. I think people will recognise that it’s beautiful and appropriate. We’ve tried to keep changes to the community responses, the people’s parts, to a minimum. The translations are accurate, forceful and some of them in particular are very beautiful.
**In South Africa they jumped the gun a little and introduced the changes ahead of time. There was quite a controversy over them. Do you think that might be replicated around the world? **
Well, very, very possibly. But, look, the number of people who speak English in South Africa is very small. So is the number of parishes where English is used all the time. And of course the smaller the pond the easier it is to create a few waves. They weren’t authorised to go early. So let us see.
**It looks like it has the potential to be controversial. Some people may say: “This translation is being thrust upon us by Rome.” **
Nothing’s being thrust upon anyone. This matter has gone out repeatedly to the national hierarchies. It’s approved by the national hierarchies. The level of change now will be very small in comparison with the enormous changes that were foisted upon the people just after the Second Vatican Council. Undoubtedly there will be a small element which will try to resist them. I’m quite confident the overwhelming majority of Mass-going people will quickly learn to love them. The quality of the language there will emphasise that we’re not talking to the bloke next door. We’re worshipping the one true God. Not in old-fashioned, archaic language, but in beautiful, strong and appropriate language. I’m quite confident it will be successful.
**Where are we up to in the whole process? **
I think towards the end of next year… For about five years I’ve been saying we’ve got two years to go. And now that’s becoming more and more likely. So people will be aiming towards the end of next year for it to happen.
**Will the whole English-speaking world be going together with the same translation? **
Yes, I think so. There might be little quirks here and there. But that’s certainly the ambition.
**How pleased will you be when that happens? **
Our committee isn’t doing the work. That’s being done by ICEL. The credit must go to ICEL for that work. But we’ve made a bit of a contribution and I’ll be delighted when it comes home - and come home it will.
**You hosted World Youth Day in Sydney last July. By all accounts it was a tremendous success. It has been described as the largest gathering in Australia’s history. **
That’s accurate, I think, at the final Mass there were 400,000 people.