One is that the sign of peace be moved from its current point - just before communion - to immediately before the offertory. The second is that the words of consecration ('This is my body' - 'This is the cup of my blood', etc) in each national language mass, should instead be said always in Latin. It needs to be made clear that this is very much at the level of rumour, and even if true what is happening is that the Holy Father is asking for consideration of these ideas rather than firmly proposing them. Let's deal with these one at a time. The first one - the peace - is easily explained. Already Pope Benedict has suggested such a change be considered. Immediately before the offertory is the oldest known place for the peace - it is mentioned by Justin Martyr in the second century. It is the location of the peace in the Ambrosian rite, used in Milan, and is common in liturgies of other Christian bodies, notably anglicans. The current place, before communion, while it has great symbolic significance, can also be a point of disturbance at a moment which should be one of reverence and recollection. There are some good arguments for the the change - it is ancient, it is ecumenical, and it enhances the reverence of the Mass. And we might also add that it is in keeping with earlier revisions of the liturgy by looking to ancient forms, rather than following the practice of the Tridentine Mass (the extraordinary form, as we now call it) in which it had become only a clerical gesture. I think I am right in saying that this would have been an option in the proposed English translation of the Mass which was thrown out a few years ago for being too divergent from the Latin Missal. As a change in the Mass this would be rather ironic, considering the trend at present towards the extraordinary form - but it has a lot going for it. If I were a betting man, I'd go for this change coming into effect, though I think the odds are narrow. The second idea is rather different. This is the first I have heard of re-introducing Latin into the vernacular rites. It has some arguments in its favour. It guarantees the universality both of doctrine and the varying translations of the keys words, if the formula of consecration is in Latin, that's to say the same language in every translation. It also fits with the long held intention to preserve the use of Latin even in translated rites, though this has usually related to the sung parts of the Mass only: Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and so on. It gives a particular solemnity, reverence and of course prominence to those particular words. Furthermore in international gatherings, or places where many language groups may be worshipping together (like my parish) it gives a common core which all will know. However, I also see a big problem. The reason for translating the Mass from Latin was always to enhance both the participation and understanding of the laity. While it may be extraordinary now to think that 'hoc est enim corpus meum' might not be obviously understood by the people worshipping, who are so familiar now with the words in their own language, some time down the road we may not be able to make the same assumptions. Surely it goes against the whole principal of vernacular translation to mask the most important words, the words of consecration or other sacramental formulas, in a tongue which is not spoken by any of the worshippers. We would be in danger of making the sacramental formula look and sound like 'magic words', a spell from Harry Potter. No, I wouldn't put any money on this at all - if may be a viable option for a limited number of appropriate occasions, yes, but as the normal practice, I trust not. There is just one further brief point I would like to make. There is a big difference between a point for discusssion and a proposal. When something is offered for discussion, there is sometimes an assumption that there is a firm intention that this should happen. In fact, Benedict XVI has already shown himself open to discussion on a number of issues, without necessarily expecting immediate changes. I can think of matters surround divorce, annulment and admission to communion and the possible ordination of older married men as two such issues. Let's not mistake consideration - if it is taking place - for a firm intention to proceed.