Does anyone know if the Holy See sent a letter to seminary rectors saying that seminarians should be taught how to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass? I ask because I did hear that our one and only seminary received such a letter which was promptly discarded by the powers-that-be…it was a priest who told me this, but does anyone know anything “official” about such a letter from the Vatican?
I did see on Fr Z’s blog WDTPRS that the Ecclesia Dei Commission responded to a question about the Extraordinary Form in seminaries, stating that all candidates for the priesthood have a right to be trained to celebrate both forms of the Roman Rite. Furthermore, it stated that those responsible for the formation of candidates for the priesthood should provide for the instruction of the candidates in both forms of the Roman Rite. The letter closed with the following: “We expect that these matters will soon be treated in an instruction on the application of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum”. The letter is dated February 9, 2008.
- So, essentially what I’m asking is, was there, as the letter anticipated, an instruction on the application of Summorum Pontificum with regard to the teaching of the Extraordinary Form in seminaries?