No doubt a few Catholic commentators were wondering what’s holding up the show. The USCCB has passed on all the Roman Missal it was allowed to read. So why aren’t we using it already?
Apparently, it was because of the Aussies. Their bishops have finally got around to the inevitable, according to Sydney’s Catholic Weekly. The more myopic among us Americans think, of course, that the whole of liturgy, doctrine, and all revolve around our fat corner of the globe. There are several other English-speaking bishops’ conferences. They all have to approve the Missal too. Just like they all did for RM2.
“Early 2011” is the expected “publication” date, according to the Weekly. If true, that gives publishers up to ten months to get into print for annual resources and an implementation of Advent 2011–less than two years away. Will we be ready?