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