RENQTC Question 5: Priests Ordained After July 2021

This set of questions and answers dropped some weeks ago. One of the provisions of Church teaching on the TLM is what to do with priests ordained after this past summer. Hence …

To the proposed question:

Does the diocesan Bishop have to be authorised by the Apostolic See to allow priests ordained after the publication of the Motu Proprio Traditionis custodes to celebrate with the Missale Romanum of 1962 (cf. Traditionis custodies, n. 4)?

The answer is:


The Explanatory note cites article 4 of Traditionis Custodes. Approval from Rome is “a necessary authorization given to the diocesan Bishop by the CDWDS, which exercises the authority of the Holy See over matters within its competence. (cf. Traditionis custodes, n. 7).”

Why would Rome oversee/collaborate with bishops? Some would interpret it as power hungry. Others, a check on wayward bishops gathering a cadre of traditional-leaning clergy. The truth is that Rome regulates quite a bit. It seems serious about newly-minted priests going through their bishop and then Rome:

Only after receiving this permission will the diocesan Bishop be able to authorise Priests ordained after the publication of the Motu Proprio (16 July 2021) to celebrate with the Missale Romanum of 1962.

This rule is intended to assist the diocesan Bishop in evaluating such a request: his discernment will be duly taken into account by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

An important word above: discernment. There’s a relationship with the priest in question, a listening to the request, and an assessment of how the man fits into the Church’s view on liturgy:

The Motu Proprio clearly expresses the desire that what is contained in the liturgical books promulgated by Popes Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, in conformity with the decrees of the Second Vatican Council, be recognized as the unique expression of the lex orandi of the Roman Rite: it is therefore absolutely essential that Priests ordained after the publication of the Motu Proprio share this desire of the Holy Father.

And more, seminarians are to be formed to take an embrace, a full acceptance of the post-conciliar liturgical vision.

All seminary formators, seeking to walk with solicitude in the direction indicated by Pope Francis, are encouraged to accompany future Deacons and Priests to an understanding and experience of the richness of the liturgical reform called for by the Second Vatican Council. This reform has enhanced every element of the Roman Rite and has fostered – as hoped for by the Council Fathers – the full, conscious and active participation of the entire People of God in the liturgy (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium no. 14), the primary source of authentic Christian spirituality.

“Full, conscious, and active participation.” Undeniably one of the hallmarks of Vatican II. The path viewed as vital to the sanctification of the faithful. In many ways, we practice at liturgy what we hope to accomplish in the world through the presentation of the Gospel and the living of it in the world.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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