Would it be conceivable for one or more transitional deacons to request that their ordination to the priesthood be conferred with the Sacrament of Holy Orders according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite? Perhaps by allowing them to travel to an FSSP seminary or other community that regularly ordains priests using the 1962 books?
Yeeeeesssss… it is conceivable. I can conceive that such a thing could happen. I can in my wildest imagination conceive that a bishop might say “yes” to such a request.
As it stands, according to the prescriptions of Summorum Pontificum, bishops are not allowed to ordain in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite unless for members of those institutes that have exclusive use of the older, traditional forms.
I am pretty sure that a diocesan bishop could, on his own, send his men to the FSSP for ordination. He could write the dimissorial letters and send them off. Of course the FSSP might not want to get involved in that. I suspect that Rome would tuck the fact away and have questions about it down the line. The next time the the bishop was in Rome for his ad limina visit, I’d bet it would come up. The FSSP superiors would also have to answer some questions. But… hey… it’s possible.
A bishop would have to request permission from the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to ordain with the old Roman Pontifical. I suspect that questions would immediately be fired back at him requesting clarifications and so forth.
There is an old principle that I learned from my old mentor and boss Card. Mayer: you can always ask, but then you have to be content with the answer.
Look. I was ordained a deacon by Card. Mayer, entirely in Latin, in a Roman basilica, with the Gregorian chant schola I directed singing the music, using spectacular precious vestments. I was ordained a priest by soon-to-be St. John Paul II, entirely in Latin, in St. Peter’s Basilica, jammed with people. Both times, Novus Ordo, of course. Would I have liked to have been ordained with the old books? Sure! That would have been great! Coolest. Rite. Ehvur! I would not, however, be any more a priest thereby. The priestly difference between a guy like me and an FSSP priest is precisely zero. I can also say the same about a buddy of mine who was ordained deacon by Bp. Gumbleton and priest by Archbp. Jadot!
That said, were I a transitional deacon I would be verrrrrrry hesitant to make such a request, unless I knew the bishop really well, and he knew me really well and we both were on the same page. Seriously. He doesn’t have to ordain me at all. Right?
There is also another principle, it is risky to ask a question unless you know what the answer is going to be in advance.