There is a detailed article on the implementation of the changes of the 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) in the The Catholic Telegraph, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
According to the article:
I have mixed feelings about this. Perhaps they could be best summed up as "Better late than never".
Ideally the implementation should have happened when the 2002 Roman Missal was published. This situation was complicated by the fact that the Vatican did not publish the same General Instruction as they published in 2000. Nor did the Vatican provide a useful summary of the changes being made. The press conference did not compare the 2002 General Instruction with the 2000 one or the 1975 General Instruction.
The Vatican published the 2002 Roman Missal "All things to the contrary notwithstanding". But it also directed that individual countries were to make changes and, after approval, incorporate the changes into the translation for each country.
But I believe the liturgical books should be followed. I do not accept that an individual bishop has the authority to say: "Do not follow the Roman Missal that has been published with the Pope's approval."
So I rejoice that as of 22 June 2003 this is not being said in Cincinnati. Work is being done to implement the Roman Missal.
What role does the bishop have? From the article:
The "local ordinary" means the "local bishop", in this case Archbishop Pilarczyk. But rather than encouraging him to make many decisions I think the 2002 General Instruction aims to limit them. The areas a local bishop may decide upon are restricted in n. 387:
I think the most controversial part of the article is the posture for the Eucharistic Prayer. According to the United States "General" Instruction, (n. 43):
The article gives a very broad interpretation of the exceptions:
I would say if they usually gather around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer that they should stop doing this. It is nonsense to say everyone in the church should be doing the same thing: no one is suggesting the priest should kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer if the people do. I would like to see a unity of posture. But I think that its is better that one person follow the approved liturgical books than none.
The photo at the beginning of the article seems to contradict the text. When receiving communion it has:
But the photo shows a man bowing while a woman is receiving communion in front of him.
The USA 2003 GIRM 160 has:
I do not see this as having a particular concern about performing the bow while someone is in front of you.
The article's directions for after receiving Communion reflect the current confusion:
Its a challenging approach: to insist on uniformity without saying which approach to follow. Hopefully it means that the issues will be worked through.
By J.R. Lilburne, 23 June 2003. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.