I got this question:
I would be very interested to hear what you and/or your readers would have to say to this question.
In our diocese, a priest recently stated in a public forum that "Pope Benedict is encouraging the use of the Tridentine Mass." Another priest later reprimanded him, saying that the Pope has merely permitted this form of the Roman rite, but is not encouraging it. Now, apart from the obvious fact that to permit something in the manner in which the motu proprio permits it would be construed by most reasonable people as a form of encouragement, there remains a subtle distinction between allowing a thing (which almost sounds like a form of toleration) and actively fostering it. And the (to me, somewhat surprising) fact that our Holy Father has not yet publicly celebrated the extraordinary form could lend support to the claim — at least among those who are not familiar with what Ratzinger has been writing and doing for decades. This, then, is my question: How many pieces of evidence can we put together that indicate something more than mere permission? I will offer one example: the Pope’s agreeing to diaconal ordinations in St. John Lateran, the Bishop of Rome’s own cathedral. Can you list other such papal statements or gestures that amount to a promotion of the old rite?
The first thing to consider is the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum itself. The Pope obviously intended to do something very different from the provisions inherent in Quatuor abhinc annos and Ecclesia Dei adflicta.
Also, there is his explanatory cover letter.
I think we can also search his works on liturgy, and also prefaces to books.
He has mentioned the older rite a few times in sermons as Pope.
Most immediately, I must stress what His Eminence Card. Castrillon Hoyos said recently.
Card. Castrillon Hoyos recorded a video for the new DVD produced by the FSSP and EWTN. He said that priests don’t need to wait for requests from the faithful to begin having the TLM in their parishes. He indicated that the Holy Father desires that celebrations of the TLM become normal.
Here is a YouTube of the section on the DVD.
Read also this.