I was very excited when the Ignatius RSV - Second Catholic Edition was published a few years back. It seemed like it would be the perfect Bible for Catholics who love the RSV. However I must say that I found myself not completely satisfied.
The Good Points:
1) The translation has been updated and altered slightly, in particular the removal of the "thees" and "thous". They also made good alterations to such passages in Matthew 16 and Isaiah 7. (Although I must say the use of chalice instead of cup in the institutional narratives doesn't seem warranted.)
2) The cover is beautiful. One immediately knows you are reading the Bible!
3) The inclusion of maps at the back is much needed.
4) They added chapter headings, which is far superior to the crunch together text of the original Ignatius Bible.
The Bad Points:
1) Depending on the lighting of the room, I find the paper and page lay-out to be at times unreadable. (BTW, I am not old nor do I wear glasses) The paper just seems too glossy.
2) There is no information provided to tell the reader which changes were made to the text.
3) I am surprised that there are not any editional study helps, like a concise concordance or Mass Readings or Dei Verbum. Why be so minimal in what you include between the covers?
Ultimately, is this edition better than the older editions of the RSV-CE? Yes, it is certainly a nice upgrade. But it is certainly not ideal in my mind, and seems to have been hastly put together. More importantly, I have emailed Ignatius Press requesting information about all the textual changes that they made, along with asking who was in charge of making these changes. Unfortunately, they wouldn't share that information. That seems just a bit fishy to me, and I am one who buys a lot of books from Ignatius Press. I am uncomfortable using a translation edited or altered by people unknown.
Also, I must say that I am also concerned with the slowness that Ignatius Press has taken in putting together its Ignatius Study Bible. Because they take so long to release each new small edition, I have decided to stop buying them until a complete one-volume edition is produced. When completed, I would be interested in using such a text as my main Bible for study and in ministry work. Yet, when will it be finished? All indications are that it will still be many years. Now I understand the Ignatius has decided to put out 4-5 Pope Benedict books a season, but surely there must be room to complete this project. I reckon that Pope Benedict, himself, would deem this more important that putting out another collection of his works.