Peter Karl T. Perkins wrote in the comments section the following:
The King James Bible is the single most important text in the English language. It has had more influence than any other. Its felicitous expressions are unmatched. They are what has made English what it is, with all its beauties and faults. It not only reflects that culture and patrimony; it has formed it. I find it hard to imagine parallels to this removal. An abolition of this sort effectively divorces the liturgy of the ordinariates from the very font of the culture and patrimony they claim to conserve. Words fail on this occasion, and it is precisely the failure of words that is the subject here.
When ordinary people from every walk of life attend the Mass or Office they are not there to reflect on precise meanings from ancient texts. Their attendance connects them to an entire ethos and worldview. In a flash, it's gone.
I agree with PKTP in this, but it is not a deal-breaker for me as far as the Ordinariate is concerned. I still hope, however, that reason will prevail and this most precious foundation of English-speaking civilization will be preserved in the Ordinariates, even if, as someone else suggested, it is preserved as a kind of Extraordinary Form, that might include the English Missal and so on.
For how many, I wonder, if the fact that it is not so far allowed in our Ordinariate readings a deal-breaker? For those who have not joined the Catholic Church, what does this signal to you? Absorption? For those who are already Catholic, is this one of the reasons you have decided not to join?
If you could advise Msgr. Burnham and the international liturgy committee what would you tell them? If most of the folks in the Ordinariate want the King James Bible, let's let them know. If most don't really care, well, then we'll know.
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