From a seminarian:
I understand that in a rescript issued from the Holy See, on November 5, 1964, Paul VI granted the newly-ordained priest the privilege of offering a papal blessing on the occasion of his first Masses.
Is this still in force?
Can such a blessing still be granted at first Masses?
I am not sure.
My first impulse is to say that this probably shouldn’t be done because of the changes made to indulgences found in the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum. The new norms replace the old norms and privileges. In the new Enchiridion people who participate in a first Mass of a new priest can receive a plenary indulgence… which was the point of the old papal blessing.
Yes, this is a lot more vague and far less interesting, but it is on the books now.
Perhaps someone else has found a clarification on this and can share it.