From a reader:
Can one use the provisions of Summorum Pontificum as the basis for
requesting that an occasional OF Mass be said in Latin? I want to have all my ducks in a row (i.e. asking an organist and cantor if they would assist, and, if needed, lining up another Priest to say Mass) before approaching my Parish Priest.
The provisions of Summorum Pontificum really pertain to the Extraordinary Form, rather than the Ordinary Form.
However, when reading the Holy Father’s introductory comments to Summorum Pontificum, and reading also Universae Ecclesiae, we have the sense that the Holy Father desires that there be greater continuity with our traditional liturgical forms also in the Ordinary Form. I think that would have to include the use of Latin, which the Second Vatican Council mandated should be maintained at the liturgical language of the Latin Church.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law guarantees that priests can say the Ordinary Form in Latin. The priest doesn’t need any permissions to do so.
It seems to me that you need to be persuasive and diplomatic in your quest for the Ordinary Form in Latin. In a sense, because of Summorum Pontificum those who request the Extraordinary Form have a stronger footing. Odd, no?
One of the problems I foresaw when Summorum Pontificum came out was that the use of Latin would be relegated to the older form of Mass nearly exclusively. I feared that people who want “All that Latin and stuff” would be shoved off to the Extraordinary Form corner. This is one of the reasons why I wasn’t terribly happy to learn that new editions of the Roman Missal with the new, corrected translation would have no appendix with the Latin texts for Mass.
This is another reason why I think it is unhelpful to use the term “the Latin Mass” to describe Mass in the older, traditional, Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The language of liturgy of our Latin Church remains Latin, for both forms.