The bishops of New Zealand have banned the use of iPads as Missals in the liturgy. Noting that "iPads and other electronic devices have a variety of uses, e.g. playing games, using the internet, watching videos and checking email," the bishops have decided that, "This alone makes their use in the liturgy inappropriate."
From the bishops' statement:
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has made the following decision about the use of electronic devices in place of the Missal. This decision applies to all priests in the dioceses of New Zealand:
With the publication of the Roman Missal has come the release of a number of Missal applications for the iPad and other tablets, for mobile phones and e-readers.
While these applications are excellent for study purposes, the iPad (and its equivalents), e-readers and mobile phones may not be used by the priest at liturgy.
Only the official printed copy of the Roman Missal may be used at Mass and at the Church's other liturgies.
But how about an iPad at the ambo for preaching?
I have a teleprompter app for my iPad which I hope to use at some point for preaching. I've just not had time to practice with a scrolling text, outside the liturgy, at the ambo.
Here's one blogging pastor's experience of iPad preaching, with interesting comments following his post.
Are you a preacher who uses an iPad for this purpose?
Have you seen/heard a homilist preaching from an iPad?
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