Over on CAF, shortly after the release of Summorum Pontificum, some posters brought up the obvious question of if we'll see a TLM on EWTN.
After a little research, a poster noted that the current bishop of Burmingham had made it so that every televised mass must be in the ordinary form and in ad populi posture. I thought to myself, "Well, maybe when they get a new bishop..."
They just did.
Bishop Robert Baker, former Bishop of Charleston, will be Burmingham's new Bishop. Burmingham's former Bishop has been transferred curiously to a diocese with a smaller Catholic population.
Bishop Baker, interesingly enough, also takes a very recepetive approach to Summorum Pontificum:
In a letter to priests of the Diocese of Charleston, SC, Bishop Robert J Baker takes a warm and positive position. Among the many good things he says are the following, "Let us use this time of reflection on the rich liturgical heritage of the Catholic Church to renew our commitment as priests, deacons, Religous, and lay faithful to ensure that our parish liturgies are celebrated well, whether in the 'ordinary form' or the 'extraordinary form' of the Roman Missal." Bishop Baker also addresses the issue of training and knowledge of Latin in a much more genuinely supportive way than do several other Bishops of recent note. "I would further request that any priest who may wish to celebrate Holy Mass according to the Missal of 1962 be certain that he has mastered the rubrics of the ancient Roman Missal and has a suitable grasp of the Latin language." He goes on to note that there are priests who have "graciously agreed to train others in the proper manner in which the traditional Mass is celebrated".
Pope Benedict XVI obviously knows the influence of EWTN, as well as the benefits of having the Extraordinary Form televised so the world can see what it really is like. Perhaps this is his way of allowing EWTN, if they desire, to televise the Mass of Ages.