You get the feeling that this is a game of chicken and we, the Catholic faithful, are standing in the middle of the street.
Everyone knows how the votes went. What we don’t know is precisely what the votes were about.
They were about the new draft translation, right? Well… yes and no. First there was a vote on adapations to the draft. Then there was a vote on the draft with the adaptations.
We don’t know what the adaptations were. Therefore, we don’t know which draft they approved.
The adapations may be extensive. If they are, then this signals the USCCB’s countermarch in the Translation War.
His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze, Prefect of the CDWDS, indicated by letter last May that Rome will not approve anything that does not adhere to Liturgiam authenticam. It is now Rome’s move. Depending on the extent of the USCCB’s adapations, the Congregation and Vox Clara will study the adaptations, consult, modify, counter-propose, approve or reject.
Get it? This will take time, and the clock is ticking. Cunctando regitur mundus.
When we know what the adaptations were, the smoke will have cleared and we will have a clearer view of the terrain.