Dear Mr. Dankers,
We wish to acknowledge receipt of your letter of 14 November 2007 and beg your indulgence for not having managed to respond sooner due to the volume of mail which we have received since the promulgation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Ponsijicum and the many matters which have required our immediate attention.
With regard to your questions, we can state the following:
1. Candidates for the priesthood in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church have the right to be instructed in both forms of the Roman Rite.
2. Those responsible for the formation of candidates for the priesthood in the Roman Rite olthe Catholic Church should provide for the instruction of their candidates in both forms of the Roman Rite.
3. There is no plan to implement a generalized Latin test for seminarians and priests who wish to celebrate Mass according to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, but it is expected that those who celebrate should have a sufficient mastery of Latin to he able to read, pronounce correctly and understand the sacred texts which they must recite or sing.
We expect that these matters will soon be treated in an instruction on the application ofthe Motu Proprio Summorum Poniftcum.
With prayerful best wishes for a Blessed Lent and Holy Week, I remain
Sincerley Yours in Christ
Rev. Msgr. Camille Perl
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf relays another message from the PCED on the rights of seminarians and the Latin proficiency requirements for saying the TLM.