From a reader…
I read this over at Tradinews [in French… my trans]:
When the Abbey of Fontgombault and the communities that were founded from it took up again the celebration of the traditional liturgy, they obtained permission from the Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to celebrate the conventual Mass according to a rite very close to the 1965 Missal (private Masses still being celebrated according to the 1962 Missal).
I have just learned of a letter sent by the Commission “Ecclesia Dei” on 26 March 1997 (No. 40/97) to an Australian bishop in which the Commission indicates that the indult granted to Fontgombault Abbey can also apply to the celebration of any Pontifical, Solemn or Sung Mass.
I’ll remind you that there are 8 modifications to the 1962 Missal that were granted to Fontgombault Abbey:
Since I have no natural talent for canon law, I always like to consult an expert before doing stupid things. [A sound practice.] The possibilities mentioned in the article for the most part don’t appeal to me anyway, apart from maybe inserting some short form of universal prayer in certain sung pilgrimage Masses at the shrine I’m caring for. Only, I wondered, since this indult dates back to 1995, does it still apply after the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum? I know some of these rubrics are being used in the liturgy of Le Barroux abbey, would that maybe have to do anything with this?
I, too, consulted a canonist about this.
Since these were privileges granted to Fontgombault, they would only apply at Fontgombault. These privileges retain their force even after Summorum Pontificum, unless there was a private revocation, or subsequent action on the part of the Abbey or the Holy See to alter them.
My canonist concluded:
In short, what was granted to Fontgombault, stays at Fontgombault.
Bottom line: If you are not at Fontgombault, you can’t use the 1965 Missal.
BTW… Fontgombault is truly beautiful. If you ever get the opportunity to visit, I warmly urge you to do so.