The bishops of the English speaking world have disgraced themselves in their handling of the new translation of the liturgy. They have failed in their primary duty of ensuring that the faithful have access to a decent celebration of the sacraments. Their treatment of critics of the new liturgy is particularly disheartening -- I refer in particular to how 300 US bishops snickered at Bp Trautman, who had the bad grace to point out that only 5 of them had submitted any written comments on the texts they somnambulistically rubberstamped, and also to a shoot-the-messenger speech from one Bp Blair.
The Eichmann defense, "we were only following orders" is not going to work. The condemnation of the bishops who are reducing the Church and its worship to a shambles will be severe.
But now it is the turn of the lower clergy. What are we supposed to do? Like many bishops we know that this linguistic dreck is an insult to the People of God -- in addition to being transparently part of the rollback of Vatican II, as if the Church had anything better than Vatican II to put in its place. Will we subscribe to the mendacious culture of spin, reciting prayers we know to be near-gibberish?
I suggest that the only honorable thing to do is to quietly boycott the new texts. We should not buy them. Continued use of the 1973 translations, or even of the 1998 translations dumped by the Vatican but used in some places, is the morally correct course. The 1998 translations can be downloaded from the internet.
The bishops were torn between Rome and the faithful. They sold out on the faithful, following their usual spineless submissiveness to Rome -- a submissiveness that is not holy obedience, since it contradicts both the letter and the spirit of the Council. Now the priests are torn between the hierarchy and the faithful --- if they choose spineless submissiveness as well, the faithful will know what to think.