Bishops and others in formation of seminarians should take this to heart. The more you try to keep seminarians in the dark about the Extraordinary Form, the more you inspire them to learn it. Once they do… game over.
A seminarian, having found an old poll about preferences for Extraordinary Form or the Ordinary Form, wrote with a note (edited):
I’m from the [SEMINARY] in [PLACE].
It seems clear to me that, yes, most seminarians would prefer to be ordained in the old-Latin rite.
Does that mean I am demonizing the “new” rite in any way?
Hands down, I would pick (as well as most seminarians today) the old-rite.
Thank you, Pope Benedict, for Summorum Pontificum.
Once priests learn the older form, they never say the Ordinary Form the same way again. Over time, this will affect a congregation’s understanding of who they are at Mass, who the priest is, and who is the true Actor in our liturgical worship.
Priests learn new dimensions about who they are as priests at the altar. Mass is a Sacrifice. Sacrifice requires priesthood. A older form emphasizes the priest’s role as priest acting as mediator in the act of sacrifice. A priest’s ars celebrandi changes when, in our new context of healing discontinuity after decades of deprivation and distortion, he learns and beings often to say the Extraordinary Form.
We need celebrations of the Extraordinary Form everywhere.
I hope that during the summer seminarians and young priests will seek out tools, resources and other priests to help them learn the Extraordinary Form.
Make a plan, men.