I got this very interesting e-mail from a priest friend.
Here is the priest’s concern:
As far as I could tell from the picture you posted of the Mass in Vermont, the bishop was celebrating not a Solemn Mass but a Missa Cantata. Furthermore, though surrounded by assistants, he was celebrating this Mass in the manner of a priest: altar cards instead of the Canon Missae, no candle by the book, six rather than seven candles on the altar, etc.
As far as I can recall, permission for bishops to celebrate a Missa Cantata and to omit the prescriptions of the Ceremoniale Episcoporum date from 1965 or later. [Interesting.] What do you think? Is this an issue worth bringing up? Is it like Communion in the Hand? [I think not. Communion in the hand is now something that cut across both uses of the Roman Rite now. However, when the older use is celebrated, the 1962 rubrics ought to be followed.] This is not the first time I have observed this practice by some American bishops celebrating the Extraordinary Use. I have never seen pictures from Europe or elsewhere indicating the same phenomenon.
We can insist on 1962 rubrics all we want but the fact is that in traditional Benedictine Monasteries with the permission of the EC Commission the conventual Mass is celebrated with some but not all of the 1965 rubrics. On the other end of the spectrum I continually note the use of pre-Pius XII rubrics and rites for everything from Holy Week to the Consecration of Churches.
It will be interesting to observe how this develops.
Father raises an excellent point.
The provisions of Summorum Pontificum say that we will be using the 1962 Missale Romanum. Not 1965, not any edition before 1962.
We as yet have no clarifications from Rome about this other issues.
I very much like Father’s subtle comparision of the bishop celebrating in the manner of the priest with Communion in the hand. Think about it. In 1962 a bishop celebrating as a priest, somewhat common now, would have been an abuse. It eventually came to be approved. Communion in the hand was an abuse. It eventually came to be abused.