Sometimes people tell me that my relentless focus on the copyrighting of liturgical texts – which is contrary to the practice of the whole of Christian history and introduces an artificial legal limit on what by nature and God’s design is a universal good – is really exaggerated, that this really isn’t a big deal in practice. Well, here is some evidence that these policies really are a big deal and have done terrible things to inhibit the spreading of the Gospel and to cartelize the Catholic publishing market. Google’s algorithms rank the page for ICEL’s copyright policies as number 2 in its search ranking on the term ICEL.
What that means is that there is universal curiosity about these policies. Every time a parish, monastery, school, or small publisher wants to spread the good news, it is inhibited by these policies, which are obscure, strange, intimidating, and potentially very costly. These institutions do a search and read this page, which strangely excludes any information on digital print rights (as if the digital age doesn’t exist). It does however include a helpful list of books that ICEL is keeping under wraps, forbidding universalization in complete disregard of Matthew 28:19: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” The texts have been artificially commodified and for no good reason. If the Church Fathers have used such methods with regard to texts, sermons, teachings, and the Gospel generally, Christianity might never have stood a chance against paganism, Gnosticism, and heresy.
The Simple Gradual, 1968Rite of Marriage, 1969Rite of Baptism for Children, 1969Lectionary for Mass, 1969, 1981, 1997Roman Calendar, 1970 (superseded)Rite of Funerals, 1970 (superseded)Rite of Holy Week, 1970The Revised Order of Blessing an Abbot or Abbess, of Consecration
to a Life of Virginity and of the Blessing of Oils, 1971 (superseded)Daily Worship: First Week of Advent, 1972Rite of Confirmation/ Rite of Blessing of Oils/ Rite of
Consecrating the Chrism, 1972 (Confirmation superseded)The Roman Missal, 1973Directory for Masses with Children, 1973Order of Mass (Musical Setting A), 1974Order for the Celebration of the Holy Year in the Local Churches, 1974Rite of Penance, 1974 (superseded)Rite of Reception of Baptized Christians into Full Communion
with the Catholic Church (Second Edition), 1974Rite of Religious Profession, 1974Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist outside Mass, 1974Rite of Penance (Second Edition), 1974The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes), 1974Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Reconciliation, 1975Rite of Penance (Appendix II and III), 1975Eucharistic Prayers for Masses With Children, 1975Rite of Confirmation (second edition), 1975The Ordination of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops, 1975 (superseded)The Rite of Blessing of An Abbot or Abbess and the Rite of
Consecration to a Life of Virginity, 1975The Roman Calendar, 1975The Institution of Readers and Acolytes/ The Admission to
Candidacy for Ordination as Deacons and Priests, 1976Christian Prayer, 1976New Musical Settings for the Liturgy of the Hours, 1976Let Everyone Celebrate, 1977Music for Rite of Funerals and Rite of Baptism for Children, 1977Rite of Commissioning Special Ministers of Holy Communion, 1978Music for the Rites: Baptism, Eucharist, and Ordinations, 1978Dedication of a Church and an Altar, 1978, 1989Christian Prayer Organ Accompaniment, 1978Sunday Celebrations, 1978Reflections on the Constitution on the Liturgy 1963-1978, 1978The Roman Pontifical, 1978Music for the Liturgy of the Hours: Easter Triduum of the
Passion and Resurrection of the Lord (People’s Edition), 1979Music for the Liturgy of the Hours: Easter Triduum of the
Passion and Resurrection of the Lord (Organ Edition), 1979Sacramentary: Additional Presidential Prayers, 1980Eucharistic Prayers, 1980A Lectionary Translated for Proclamation (sample texts), 1981Musical Settings for the Liturgy: Hymns and Service Music, 1981ICEL: The First Years, 1981Resource Collection of Hymns and Service Music for the Liturgy (GIA), 1981Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, 1982A Book of Prayers, 1982ICEL Lectionary Music: Psalms and Alleluia and Gospel Acclamations
for the Liturgy of the Word, 1982Documents on the Liturgy, 1963-1979: Conciliar, Papal, and Curial Texts, 1982Eucharistic Prayer of Hippolytus, 1983Presidential Prayers for Experimental Use at Mass, 1983Emendations in the Liturgical Books following upon the
New Code of Canon Law, 1984Consultation on a Liturgical Psalter (Organ edition), 1984Consultation on a Liturgical Psalter (People’s edition), 1984An Original Eucharistic Prayer: Text 1, 1984Liturgical texts for the memorial of Maximilian Mary Kolbe, 1984The Language of the Liturgy, 1984Liturgical texts for the memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Paul Chong
Hasang, and Companions Memorial, 1985Eucharistic Prayer of Saint Basil, 1985Order of Christian Funerals, 1985Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 1985Eucharistic Prayer A, 1986Order of Crowning an Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1986Opening Prayers for Experimental Use at Mass, 1986Psalms for All Seasons, 1987Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1987Book of Blessings, 1987Liturgical texts for the memorial of Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, 1988Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1989Lectionary for Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1989Liturgical texts for the memorial of Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, 1989Ceremonial of Bishops, 1989Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, 1993Rites of Ordination of Bishops, Presbyters, and Deacons, 1993 (superseded)Eucharistic Prayer for Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, 1994Liturgical Psalter: A Text for Study and Comment, 1994Order of Celebrating Marriage (Second Typical Edition), 1996 (provisional text)The Sacramentary (Revised Edition): Volume One: Sundays and Solemnities, 1998The Sacramentary (Revised Edition): Volume Two: Weekdays, 1998Rites of Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests, and of Deacons, 2000, 2003Sections of The Roman MissalOrder of the Dedication of a Church and an Altar (provisional text), 2003Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism (provisional text), 2009