New Translation: Google did it


Among all the opinion pieces about the new translation of the Roman Missal there is one that provides a blind test. It gives 4 translations from Latin into English of the same collect (opening prayer) and asks the reader to pick the translation that is done by Google Translate, an online computer translation program.

Father William Grimm then asks the question: ” If a machine that has no faith, no emotions, no aesthetic sense and no connection with the Church produces a translation that is indistinguishable from or even better than the official one, what does that say about the quality of the official translation or translators.”

Read Deus ex machina by Fr William Grimm’s article

Father William Grimm is a Tokyo-based priest and publisher of UCA News, and former editor-in-chief of “Katorikku Shimbun,” Japan’s Catholic weekly.


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