From a reader:
I was just thinking today after reflecting on the fact that many priests aren’t taught Latin, nor can many of them even pronounce it properly and simply not know what they are saying.
That being said, with the shortage of priests who are trained to celebrate the EF Mass (some of whom are very old, and not of the greatest health), combined with the shortage of priests who don’t know Latin, if it came down to an emergency situation where the priest passed out dead after the the bread was consecrated, but not the wine, and the only priest reasonably available to celebrate it doesn’t know a lick of Latin or how to even pronounce it, may he finish the Mass using the English translation found in the new Missal?
Yes, a priest, if present, should finish what was started. Even he has to say the words of consecration in English, he should finish what was started.
But in any normal situation, the older form of Mass should not have English integrated in where it is not permitted.
This isn’t a far fetched question.
I have been at a Mass when a priest died. He came down from the pulpit and died on the spot.
If a priest can die then, a priest can die between the consecrations.