When I first began the WDTPRS series, I got some snarky hate mail from whiners saying things like, "How DARE you ciriticize the translation? How DARE you translate liturgy prayers? After all they were done by EXPERTS!!" I would always write back saying, "IF you would send me their names I will personally apologize to each one of them!"
Of course, I was just trying to find out who was responsible for the crap we’ve been forced to listen to (and recite) for decades. No luck, however.
Over at Off The Record there is an illuminating post which directly concerns this question. One of the perpetrators was a Sulpician involved with the Jesuits, probably a disciple of Karl Rahner, was involved with a couple of the worst seminaries in the USA, was Exec. of ICEL, who, after doing his damage, left the priesthood. Here is the relevant text [my emphasis]:
Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in May, 1960. After teaching Latin, Greek, English, and Religion at St. Charles College in Catonsville, Maryland, from 1960 to 1962, he became a member of the Society of St. Sulpice and studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned his doctorate in sacred theology. In 1964 he translated and published: The Eternal Year, by Karl Rahner. From 1965 to 1969 he taught ecclesiology and liturgy at St. Thomas Seminary in Seattle, and at St. Mary’s, Baltimore …
… when he was asked to become the Executive Secretary of the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). In this role, he supervised the translation of many of the liturgical texts revised by Rome after Vatican II. These translations became the official liturgical texts for use throughout the English-speaking world.
In 1972 he left the canonical priesthood and pursued a career in technical and scientific writing, specializing in the areas of health research, patient education, and the application of social marketing principles to health communication programs. Jack puts his writing skills to practical use for ministry, and he officiates at weddings.
Ya know. I am not going to look down on guys who leave the priesthood for some serious personal reason, but I get really p.o.’d at the guys who do serious systemic damage to the Church and then quit. Not that I am sorry they are out of the picture, but that still makes me mad. I am thinking in particular of several former priests who made my life a living hell along the way.
On a cheerier note, isn’t it wonderful that the damage is being corrected? Slowly but surely, we are putting the new translation to rights.