I now have better information on cardinal electors of the next conclave who have celebrated the “Extraordinary Form” (the 1962 pre-Vatican II unreformed rite) since Pope Benedict granted its unrestricted use with “Summorum pontificum” in 2007. According to this information, twelve of the electors have celebrated the pre-Vatican II unreformed rite since 2007.
This is interesting and important information for all of us who want to know more about the cardinal electors. I apologize for the earlier misinformation. Thanks for the help from the commenters – comments alerting me to earlier incorrect information have been removed.
A note on the terminology “unreformed”: strictly speaking, the Roman liturgy has been reformed continually for 2,000 years, so every form of the rite is “reformed” compared to what went before. When Pope Gregory the Great celebrated Mass, for example, he didn’t genuflect or elevate the Host and Chalice during the Eucharistic Prayer, as far as we know, since those “reforms” hadn’t been added yet. Nor were there Prayers at the Foot of the Altar or an Agnus Dei or Last Gospel yet. When I speak of “reformed” and “unreformed,” I am using the Second Vatiacn Council, and the officially approved liturgical reforms of Pope Paul VI, as my point of reference. The decision of the fathers of Vatican II was, with all due respect for the inherited rite, it was in need of structural reforms and was not to continue in use in its 1962 form. But it is also true that Pope Benedict gave unrestricted permission in 2007 for celebration of the old form. While the 1962 rite is “reformed” in reference to what went before, it is not reformed according to the mind of the Second Vatican Council.
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Antonio Cañizares Llovera
Velasio De Paolis
Albert Malcolm Ranjith
Juan Sandoval Íñiguez
John Tong Hon