From a reader:
Is it okay to attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite when the readings are in the vernacular and taken from the Lectionary for the Ordinary Form? I know this was expressly prohibited before Summorum Pontificum and seems to need clarification since.
I ask because there is a small Mass that does this locally. I love Latin and would like to attend, but it seems… fishy… Your advice would be very much appreciated!
A couple things must be clarified.
First, it is indeed "okay" to attend an EF Mass when the readings are in the vernacular from the new Lectionary.
Second, you say that it was expressly prohibited to use the new Lectionary with the older form of Mass. That is not accurate. It was expressly permitted. The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei issued guidelines in 1991 which said:
5.Following upon the "wide and generous application" of the principles laid down in Quattuor Abhinc Annos and the directives of the fathers of the Second Vatican Council (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, nos. 51 and 54), the new lectionary in the vernacular could be used as a way of "providing a richer fare for the faithful at the table of God’s Word" in Masses celebrated according to the 1962 missal. However, we believe that this usage should not be imposed on congregations who decidedly wish to maintain the former liturgical tradition in its integrity according to the provision of the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei. Such an imposition might also be less likely to invite back to full communion with the Church at this time those who have lapsed into schismatic worship.
So, it is permitted, even now, to use the newer Lectionary, but this is not to be done if the sensibilities of the congregation would be against it.
The Motu Proprio of Benedict XVI Summorum Pontificum says.
Art. 6 In Masses celebrated in the presence of the people in accordance with the Missal of Bl. John XXIII, the readings may be given in the vernacular, using editions recognised by the Apostolic See.
We have discussed this point before on the blog, and come to a conclusion that this refers to the use of the newer Lectionary being used with the older Mass, the readings during Mass being read a single time by the priest in the vernacular from the new Lectionary.
So, from the point of view of the congregation, yes, it is okay to attended these Masses.
However, from the point of view of the priest, it might not be a good idea to do them in this way, if the congregation would be against it. This would surely be a matter of real controversy.