Pope orders German liturgy change27 April 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has personally written to the head of the German bishops' conference to change the text of the Mass to say that Christ died 'for many' rather than 'for all'.
In a letter dated 14 April to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, and which the Pope said he was sending to all the bishops in the German-speaking countries, Benedict XVI explained why he had gone back to translating the Latin 'pro multis' with 'for many' and not with 'for all'.
The Pope said he was writing 'to avoid a split' in the Church after Zollitsch told him during a March visit that 'the bishops in the German-speaking world were still divided on this issue'.
Benedict said that when the Roman Missal was translated into German in the 1960s there was 'exegetical consensus' that the word 'many' was a Hebrew expression for an entirety. 'This exegetical consensus ... no longer exists,' he said.
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