I talked to folks in several national conferences today. Missal implementation plans vary from place to place.
Australia has slowed things down a bit. They want to know whether the final text really is the final text. (Pray Tell ‘s sources have revealed behind-the-scenes shennanigans and pressure on Rome to deal with problems in the final text. Obviously folks in Australia are getting similar info from their sources.) Unlike the US, the Australian conference president has not set the implementation date. The entire conference will vote at its November meeting on the proposal to begin phasing in the missal in June 2011. Meanwhile they’re seeing whether it’s still possible to get the books produced in time.
New Zealand is going forward with partial implementation beginning in Advent 2010. (Yes, you read the year correctly.) They’re starting with the entire Order of Mass this November, and they’re already rehearsing the English chant settings (they’re all at the ICEL website) with congregations. They’ve talked to the U.S. Big Three publishers about getting their new Mass settings in time for use this November. Meanwhile, they’re introducing a local Mass setting. UPDATE: New Zealand has not received its final text with recognitio, but it is nonetheless going forward with implementation of the entire Order of Mass this Advent.
Another conference is upset about the final text (the product, the process) and is not setting an implementation date now. They’re putting it on the agenda for discussion at their plenary meeting later this fall.
Yet another conference is upset about the final text (the product, the process) and is not setting an implementation date now. They’re putting it on the agenda for discussion at their plenary meeting later this fall.
The United States, as far as we know, is still in what Cardinal George calls its “joyful time…of preparation.” I expect some of the joy comes from Cardinal George’s strange impression that the final translations “have been made with singing them in mind.” Pray Tell will report on the joy as it continues to break out in the U.S.