New Liturgical Movements has a set of photographs of the priestly ordination of Father Edward van den Bergh, a priest of the London Oratory, who was ordained to the priesthood this past October 22nd by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. There are more photographs here.
Archbishop Nichols was the celebrant, the Ordination was celebrated in the Ordinary Form in Latin and strictly according to the Roman Missal, that is with the clergy facing the same direction as the priest, according to the rubrics.
Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, following his talk at the Colloquium of Catholic Clergy UK, mentioned that one of the larger Episcopal Conferences, presumably Nigeria or the US, wanted to remove the six places in the Missal where it says, "the priest turns to the people and says". He said he had to remind the bishops that ICEL was there to translate the Roman Missal not to change the Latin "typical" edition of the Missal. At the Colloquium Mass was con-celebrated ad apsidem, the altars at the Oratory school all face "east".
Looking at the photographs it strikes me that the London Oratories interpretation of Roman Missal is more authentic than what happens in most parishes or cathedrals. Rubrics aren't a suggestion, they are the law of the Church, which most of us tend to flout, or "interpret", "turns to the people" can't be seen as a metaphorical "turn" which really means "looking at" or "having eye contact with".
The rubric that says "the altar should be freestanding, so that Mass can be celebrated facing the people, which is always desirable." The "desirability" is not the facing the people but the altar being freestanding.
It was good to see the Archbishop celebrating Mass celebrating facing "east", but isn't it about time he started doing it in his own cathedral. It was such a good idea of his to get rid of the temporary portable secondary altar, perhaps now with the new translations it is time for a more authentic interpretation of the Missal.
Here, we have more building work on the sanctuary, a new floor is being laid, the altar has been moved into the nave and there is no room for the priest to stand behind the altar. I am not sure anyone at all minds.
My congratulations to Fr van der Berg on his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood - ad multos annos.