The Instruction on Summorum Pontificum called Universae Ecclesiae makes it clear that there is to be no service at the altar by females for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
UE 28 reads.
28 – Praeterea, cum sane de lege speciali agitur, quoad materiam propriam, Litterae Apostolicae Summorum Pontificum derogant omnibus legibus liturgicis, sacrorum rituum propriis, exinde ab anno 1962 promulgatis, et cum rubricis librorum liturgicorum anni 1962 non congruentibus.
Furthermore, by virtue of its character of special law, within its own area, the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum derogates from those provisions of law, connected with the sacred Rites, promulgated from 1962 onwards and incompatible with the rubrics of the liturgical books in effect in 1962.
Derogate means that things are partially replaced, set aside. Insofar as the use of the 1962 books is concerned, if there is something that came into law after 1962, and if that thing or practice conflicts with what is in the 1962 books, then those post-1962 conflicting things don’t apply to the use of the 1962 books. In other words, if there is a conflict, they are excluded.
Despite this, some people are saying that UE 28 does not make it clear that females can’t serve in the Extraordinary Form. That’s absurd, but that’s what some are claiming. I suppose they think that if UE 28 doesn’t explicitly mention females, then UE 28 doesn’t forbid them.
Furthermore, those who think that UE 28 still means that Summorum Pontificum permits female service in the Extraordinary Form will ask, “Where in the Missale Romanum does it say that only males can serve?”
Under another entry, commentator “GregorD” offered a very helpful piece of information. WDTPRS KUDOS to him.
In the front of the 1962 Missale Romanum there is a section called De defectibus, “Concerning defects”. This section talks about problems or, to put it another way, liturgical abuses, which could make Mass illicit or invalid. For example, if there is a defect in the matter, the bread or wine, Mass could be invalid. This is important stuff to know.
In Section X – De defectibus in Ministerio ipso occurrentibus… Concerning defects occurring in the Ministry itself. Here we find this:
Possunt etiam defectus occurrere in ministerio ipso, si aliquid ex requisitis ad illud desit: … si non adsit Clericus, vel alius deserviens in Missa, vel adsit qui deservire non debet, ut mulier; …
Defects can also occur in the ministry itself, if any of the requisites for it be lacking: that, … if a Cleric [Clericus] be not present, or another [alius] serving at Mass, or there be present one who ought not to serve, as a woman [mulier]“;…
Nothing ambiguous about this, but let’s review:
- UE 28 says Summorum Pontificum “derogates from those provisions of law, connected with the sacred Rites, promulgated from 1962 onwards and incompatible with the rubrics of the liturgical books in effect in 1962.
- In the 1962 Missale Romanum itself we find that females are not to serve.
- Service by females was permitted by law after 1962, after 1983, as a matter of fact (cf. CIC 1983 can. 230 §2).
- There is a conflict between the 1962MR and the CIC 1983 can. 230 §2.
- UE 28 makes it clear that, according to Summorum Pontificum, there are to be no female servers in the Extraordinary Form.
No altar girls in the Extraordinary Form, the TLM, the Usus Antiquior, the old Mass, the Tridentine Mass. Call it what you will. No female servers.