From John Allen’s interview, linked below:

You’ve seen the recent letter from Cardinal Francis Arinze to Bishop William Skylstad in the United States. What do you make of it?

It’s just stating what the situation is. It’s sometimes useful to be reminded of the basic verities.

Those would be fidelity to the principles of Liturgiam Authenticam?

Yes. As he said, the congregation has no authority to approve anything else.

The Vox Clara Commission believes the new text satisfies those principles?

Yes, very much so.

A cynic might suggest the cardinal’s letter was intended to influence the upcoming vote of the U.S. bishops.

I’m sure he’d write it for some good purpose!

If this text is eventually approved, are the liturgy wars over?

I’m tempted to say that it would enormously change the balance of things, but I have no doubt there would be isolated and sporadic resistance. We have a big challenge to make the English [texts] powerful modern, appropriate and strong. We don’t want to just achieve doctrinal fidelity but have clumsy English. We’ve got the doctrinal fidelity now. The ICEL translations are coming through beautifully on that score. But I think with some of them, a few of them, the quality is quite uneven.

Including the Order of the Mass?

No, I think the Order of the Mass is OK. I’m looking at other texts that are at a much earlier stage.

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