Prominent liturgist Fr. Anthony Ruff has written an open letter to US bishops announcing he has cancelled all speaking engagements on the new Roman Missal scheduled in US dioceses. Said Ruff: "I have concluded that I cannot promote the new missal translation with integrity. I'm sure bishops want a speaker who can put the new missal in a positive light, and that would require me to say things I do not believe." Pointing to " deep problems in the structures of authority of our church" and the "deception and mischief" of the process, Ruff believes: "The forthcoming missal is but a part of a larger pattern of top-down impositions by a central authority that does not consider itself accountable to the larger church." Ruffs letter was published in the February 14 edition of the US Jesuit weekly, America.
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