I got this question via e-mail. I have treated it here on the blog a couple time already but it bears a review.
I am a seminarian and I have a quick question that I would like your input on. It may also provide an interesting post topic.
I know that many within the SSPX and related groups are very opposed to the idea of permanent deacons, especially if those deacons are married. My question is, what would you have to say about a permanent deacon assisting at solemn high mass in the EF. I suppose it must be technically allowed, but is it advisable?
I see no problem with it; first, because the Church in her Wisdom decided to bring it (the permanent deaconate) back, and second because if the EFis supposed to be a living part of our liturgical life (as you point our re. the new Good Friday prayers for the Jews) than it would make sense that they be allowed. However, I recognize that there may be legitimate differences of opinion, and I would appreciate your input.
Of course permanent deacons can function in the TLM. It is not only possible it is a great idea! That makes the possibility of solemn Masses greater. Also, since deacons are deacons are deacons, they should be deacons.
This is also the position of the Pont. Comm. Ecclesia Dei which I wrote about here.
Here is an image of the letter.