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28. In quibusdam versionibus popularibus formulae consecrationis vini in Missa, verba « pro multis » sic vertuntur: anglice for all men; hispanice por todos; italice per tutti.
Quaeritur:

a) an adsit et quaenam sit ratio sufficiens pro hac variatione inducenda?

b) an doctrina tradita circa hanc rem in « Catechismo Romano ex Decreto Concilii Tridentini iussu S. Pii V edito » habenda sit ut superata?

c) an etiam minus aptae tenendae sint omnes versiones huius supradicti biblici textus?

d) an re vera in approbatione danda huic vernaculari variationi in textu liturgico aliquid minus rectum irrepserit, quod correctionem seu emendationem expostulet?

Resp.: Variatio de qua supra plene iustificatur:

a) secundum exegetas verbum aramicum, quod lingua latina versum est « pro multis », significationem habet « pro omnibus »: multitudo pro qua Christus mortuus est, sine ulla limitatione est, quod idem valet ac dicere: Christus pro omnibus mortuus est. Illud S. Augustini meminisse iuvabit: « Videte quid dederit, et invenietis quid emerit. Sanguis Christi pretium est. Tanti quid valet? Quid, nisi totus orbis? Quid, nisi omnes gentes? Valde ingrati sunt pretio suo, aut multum superb sunt qui dicunt, aut illud tam parum esse ut solum Afros emerit, aut se tam magnos esse pro quibus solis illud sit datum » (Enarr. in Ps. 95, n. 5).

b) nullo modo habenda est ut superata doctrina « Catechismi Romani »: distinctio circa mortem Christi sufficientem pro omnibus, efficacem solum pro multis, valorem suum retinet.

c) in adprobatione data huic vernaculari variationi in textu liturgico nihil minus rectum irrepsit, quod correctionem seu emendationem expostulet.

28. In certain vernacular translations of the formula of consecration of the wine at Mass, the words « pro multis » are translated thus: in English for all men; in Spanish por todos; in Italian per tutti.
It is asked:

a) whether there is and what is the sufficient reason for introducing this variation?

b) whether the doctrine handed on regarding this matter in the « Roman Catechism by Decree of the Council of Trent and issued with the authority of St. Pius V » should be regarded as superseded?

c) whether all the translations of this aforementioned biblical text should be regarded as less suitable?

d) or whether, in truth, in granting approval to this vernacular variation in the liturgical text, something incorrect has slipped in which warrants correction or emendation?

Resp.: The variation described above is fully justified:

a) according to the exegetes, the Aramaic word which was translated into Latin as « pro multis », has the significance of « for all »: the multitude for which Christ died is without any limitation, which has the same force as to say: Christ died for all. It will help to remember what St. Augustine said: « See what he has given and you will find what he has bought. The price is the Blood of Christ. How much is it worth? What, if not the whole world? What, if not all nations? They are very ungrateful for this price or very proud who say that it is so small as to buy only Africans or to claim that they are so great that it was given for them alone » (Enarr. in Ps. 95, n. 5).

b) in no way is the doctrine handed on in the « Catechismus Romanus » to be regarded as superseded: the distinction about the death of Christ as sufficient for all but only efficacious for many retains its value.

c) in giving approval to this vernacular variation in this liturgical text, nothing incorrect has slipped in which requires correction or emendation.

Notitiae 6 (1970), 39–40, n. 28consecration, pro multis, translation, vernacularPDF of Notitiae 6 (1970), 39–40