In recent years, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has approved vernacular editions of the Lectionary for Mass (New American Bible translation [NAB], 1997, 2000) and the Rites of Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests, and of Deacons, both of which were confirmed by the Holy See and are now in use throughout the United States of America.
In response to inquiries concerning the status of these books in other English-speaking Episcopal Conferences, the Secretariat for the Liturgy recently conducted an informal survey of the use of the second typical editions of the Ordo Lectionum Missae (1981) and the De Ordinatione Episcopi, Presbyterorum, et Diaconorum (1989) in other English-speaking countries. The following summary of that survey is provided for the information of our readers.
|COUNTRY||Rites of Ordination||Lectionary|
|Australia||The first edition is still in use. Plans for a second edition have been deferred until after completion of the Roman Missal.||The first edition (Jerusalem Bible) is in use.|
|Canada||The Conference of Bishops is in the process of considering the ICEL translation, having sent amendments and comments on a draft translation of it to ICEL in June, 2004.||A revision of the second edition (New Revised Standard Version [NRSV]) has been completed and the Sunday volume will be submitted to the Holy See in the near future for the requisite recognitio.|
|A translation of the second edition has been approved and has been submitted to the Holy See for the requisite recognitio.||The first edition (Jerusalem Bible) is in use, while a second edition (NRSV) is under consideration.|
|India||The Conference of Bishops will discuss the issue in 2005.||The first edition (in both Jerusalem Bible and RSV versions) is in use.|
|Ireland||The ICEL translation is pending consideration by the Conference of Bishops.||The first edition (Jerusalem Bible) is in use, while a second edition (NRSV) is under consideration.|
|New Zealand||The first edition is still in use.||The first edition (Jerusalem Bible) is in use.|
|Pakistan||The first edition is still in use.||The first edition (Jerusalem Bible) is in use.|
|Philippines||The first edition is still in use.||The U.S. second edition (NAB) is presently in use.|
|South Africa||The first edition is still in use.||The first edition (Jerusalem Bible) is in use.|