Last post on Pope Paul’s 1968 apostolic constitution, then back to liturgy. I promise. After Paul VI lays out matter and form for ordination, he wraps up the document thus:
This rite for the conferring of the sacred orders of diaconate, presbyterate, and episcopate, has been revised by the Consilium for the Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy “with the assistance of experts, and with the consultation of bishops, from various parts of the world.” (SC 25) By our apostolic authority we approve this rite so that it may be used in the future for the conferral of these orders in place of the rite now found in the Roman Pontifical.
It is our will that these our decrees and prescriptions be firm and effective now and in the future, notwithstanding, to the extent necessary, the apostolic constitutions and ordinances issued by our predecessors and other prescriptions, even those requiring particular mention and derogation.
Given at Rome, at Saint Peter’s, June 18, 1968, the fifth year of our pontificate.