Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pesident of the German bishops' conference said that several English bishops had appealed to him for help and he himself had tried to pray some of the newly translated English prayers but found the language "simply unacceptable".
The Opening Prayer in yesterday's Mass, the feast of St Ignatius of Antioch is a case in point. The opening sentence has 41 words and is close to gobbledegook.
The Irish bishops accepted this Missal without a whimper. It tells its own story.