From a reader…
In the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass (EF), are Deacons (either transitional or permanent) allowed to distribute Holy Communion? Or is this a faculty reserved to only the Priest and Bishop?
On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People
Summorum Pontificum makes it clear that, in celebrating the Holy Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, the rubrics of that Missal are to be observed. See also Universae Ecclesiae.
On the other hand, the celebration of the Extraordinary Form should not be seen as the proverbial fly frozen in amber.
We are not going back in time to recreate 1962. (That said, we are re-presenting AD 33!).
In 1962, deacons were considered extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. In certain circumstances they were permitted to distribute Holy Communion.
In 2015, deacons are now considered by law to be ordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
The distribution of Communion to the faithful is something that is proper to their diaconal ordained state.
Let a hundred deacons blossom!
Let them assist at regular celebrations of Solemn High Masses!
Let them assist in choro properly dressed in cassock, surplice, with biretta!
Let them place a stole upon their shoulder for the reception and distribution of Holy Communion!