From CathNews New Zealand:
NZ Bishops: No liturgical use of Roman Missal iPad Apps
The Roman Missal apps for iPad may not be used in the liturgy.
The New Zealand Bishops have told their priests that only the official printed copy of the Roman Missal may be used at Mass and at the Church’s other liturgies. They say that the Roman Missal apps for iPad and the use of other tablets, mobile phones and e-readers are excellent for study purposes, but their use in the Church’s litugry is inappropriate.
A letter sent to priests and signed by all the Bishops of New Zealand says that that all religions have books which are reserved which are reserved for the rituals and activities at the heart of the faith, and the Roman Missal is one such book.
“The Missal is reserved for use during the Church’s liturgy. iPads and other electronic devices have a variety of uses, e.g. for the playing of games, using the internet, watching videos and checking mail. This alone makes their use in the liturgy inappropriate,” they say.
WDTPRS agrees…mostly. I think most reasonable people would also agree that, in a pinch, an iPad could substitute, again – in a pinch, if it were of question of not being able to have Mass at all. But how often would something like that happen?