Revised Rite of Marriage

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Q:  Were women involved in the writing of the Revised Rite of Marriage? Were married couples involved?
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A:  Yes, but microscopically. The revised Catholic marriage rite represents two different efforts:

  1. The Vatican issued a second edition in Latin in 1990. I don’t know if any women or married couples were involved with that upgrade, but it is unlikely.
  2. ICEL spearheaded the revised English translation. That translation went through all the usual hoops – base translator, editorial committee, international commission, Vox Clara, and 11 conferences of bishops, any member of which could have consulted women and married couples in his diocese for advice. I have met at least one nun and one married man who were involved in the process. But the full list of consultors is, by its nature, unknowable.