From a reader:
I had a question regarding ‘regular’ seminarians getting Extraordinary Form ordinations.
I’m going into the seminary this fall for my diocese, so it would be a while before I get to ordination (if, God willing, I do), but I’ve been wondering about something.
If the bishop would permit an EF ordination, do you have to go through all the minor orders as part of that, or do you just get ordained as a deacon and priest using the appropriate rubrics?
Not sure how that would work.
No, you would not have "climb the stairs", as it were, of the traditional minor orders. You could be ordained a deacon or priest directly with the older form of ordination.
There is a fine logic to "climbing the stairs", but the validity of Holy Orders does not depend on the reception of the minor orders.
A word of advice.
As a man about to enter the seminary, I wouldn’t bring it up.
That said, I am more and more of the opinion that we should rethink the changes made to these ministries and minor orders.