There have been a couple of interesting responses to queries from the Ecclesia Dei Commission that are worth noting.
First, Rorate Caeli report that the Latin Mass of England submitted a question to the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Rome on the right to celebrate feast days on the days assigned to them in the 1962 Calendar - even where the bishops conference has moved the celebration to the Sunday in the Ordinary Form. The response was that the right to use the 1962 liturgical books also includes the right to use the 1962 calendar - so feasts such as the Ascension can actually be celebrated on their proper date. That's good news.
The compromise in the advice is that where the bishops have moved the celebration to the Sunday, it is suggested that it would be 'appropriate' for the external solemnity to also be celebrated then too (ie two Ascensions). That isn't an ideal solution in my view given that it interferes with the propers specified for the Sunday after the Feast of the Ascension (for example) but I guess it is a reasonable compromise.
The second response, relating to Church music issues, is up on the New Liturgical Movement, and hopefully finally puts to rest the claims of those who would wish to exclude women from the schola cantorum. The original questioner noted the pattern of legislation that allowed women to sing with men prior to 1962. The response notes that 'custom and usage in the course of more recent decades' have further modified some of those stricter requirements. It basically urges a commonsense approach...and points the questioner to the musica sacra website and a recently released book on the subject.
Good to see a pragmatic but balanced approach being adopted, treating the TLM as part of the Church's living liturgy, not something fossilised in 1902 or some other magical point in time, while at the same time protecting it against the attacks of the liberals....