From a reader:
As part of the changes recommended by the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI brought back the permanent diaconate in 1967. For centuries prior to this change, the role of deacon was a transitional period for those preparing to become priests. Since TLM Masses and parishes are normally working according to the 1962 Missal, what role does the permanent diaconate have in a TLM? Is this considered a reform-of-the-reform issue (ie. emphasizing the role of deacon as transitional period for aspiring priests), or is it a non-issue?
This is a non-issue.
A deacon is a deacon is a deacon.
Permanent deacons or transitional deacons, either way, may fulfill the role of deacon or subdeacon during a solemn TLM.
Some will say they can’t or shouldn’t. They are simply wrong.