RENQTC 6-9: Yes Answers To Clergy Questions

The explanatory note from the CDWDS on Traditionis Custodes offered quick affirmative answers to some questions. For numbers 6 through 9, only the first of these had any kind of explanation:

To the proposed question: Can the faculty to celebrate using the Missale Romanum of 1962 be granted ad tempus?

The answer is: Affirmative.

The Explanatory note explains the Latin term is permission for a set period of time. In other words, once the faculty is granted, it is not unlimited or guaranteed for the future. The note says this procedure is “not only possible but also recommended.”


(T)he end of the defined period offers the possibility of ascertaining that everything is in harmony with the direction established by the Motu Proprio. The outcome of this assessment can provide grounds for prolonging or suspending the permission.

It would seem that clergy granted this faculty would be required to have an eye on the bigger picture outlined in Traditionis Custodes.

Three questions were direct, and received direct answers without further explanation:

To the proposed question: Does the faculty granted by the diocesan Bishop to celebrate using the Missale Romanum of 1962 only apply to the territory of his own diocese?

The answer is: Affirmative.

To the proposed question: If the authorized Priest is absent or unable to attend, must the person replacing him also have formal authorization?

The answer is: Affirmative.

To the proposed question: Do Deacons and instituted ministers participating in celebrations using the Missale Romanum of 1962 have to be authorized by the diocesan Bishop?

The answer is: Affirmative.

The faculty to preside at Mass prayed with the 1962 Missal is based on the cleric, not the community. The presumption for the next few to several years would be that bishops would take into account the needs of Latin Mass communities, but that Rome wanted each bishop to have a measure of control over his priests and deacons. Make of that what you will.

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