Interview: Bishop Roche of ICEL

Bishop Arthur Roche, Chair of ICEL and Bishop of Leeds

Bishop Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, has been at the heart of the preparations for the introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal to celebrate Mass. He is chair of both the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL), and the Bishops' Conference Department for Christian Life and Worship.

In this podcast, Bishop Roche talks about his hopes for the new translation:

“When these new prayers are assimilated I believe that the great gift that they will give to our people is that they will help them to pray scripturally, because the nuances are there very clearly in those new prayers.”

“I think that it certainly has a nobility of language and English is such a very fine language as we know...We’ve been able to recapture something of the deprecatory sense of prayer in these texts which of itself demands greater poetry, greater preciseness but also a certain humility which English itself, by its own language, is able to deliver in such a very lovely straightforward way.”

“It has been one of the most significant developments since the publication of the English version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”


Bishop Arthur Roche on the New Translation

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