Francis Arinze

Catholic liturgy might change

Words of worship that have been familiar for three decades in America's Roman Catholic churches could change if U.S. bishops meeting in Los Angeles this week approve a new English translation of prayers and blessings used to celebrate Mass.

Perhaps the most noticeable revision would be heard after the priest says, "The Lord be with you." The response of the people would change from "and also with you" to "and with your spirit."

The proposed changes follow strict rules for liturgical translation set by the Vatican in 2001 under Pope John Paul II that are meant to be more faithful to the original Latin text of the Roman missal, the book that...