This may well be what the next Holy Father may model for us and promote untiringly for the reform of the liturgy in continuity and ever faithful to Vatican II and Almighty God, we can hope and pray:
Yes, traditionalists who love the 1962 missal are somewhat concerned about the disposition of the next Holy Father toward their legitimate desire to be able to celebrate this Mass and freely so. And yes, since Summorum Pontificum, the celebration of this Mass has spread to many places, but still remains a small minority. In the post below we can compared the number of parishes worldwide in terms of percentage which celebrate the EF Mass on a regular basis to the percentage of current Cardinals eligible for the papacy in terms of percentage. It is more than likely the same or the Cardinal's percentage may be higher!
So what is the true legacy of Pope Benedict XVI when it comes to the reform of the Mass in continuity?
First of all, we must keep in mind that the Holy Father since becoming pope has never celebrated the EF publicly. Has he done so privately with a small group? I do not know.
Secondly, what he has modeled is fidelity to Sacrosanctum Concilium in how the Ordinary form of the Mass is to be celebrated. It is here that I think we have a higher percentage of cardinals, much higher in fact, who are on board with Pope Benedict's vision of the post Vatican II Mass--reform in continuity. This will continue I believe.
So even if the next pope does not encourage the EF, he more than likely won't discourage it either. The status quo will remain.
For those who think the 1962 missal will become the norm once again, that is a pipe dream, but I won't make predictions about the mind of God.
What we can hope for from a goodly number of candidates for the papacy is the on-going reform in continuity that will lead to another Roman Missal with the suppression of the current two except by way of indult.
I think the two things that may change will be the revision of the Penitential Act to be more like the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar and probably based on the 1965 missal, with the proper placement or traditional placement of the Kyrie which is always sung or said even for funerals and nuptial Masses as it is intrinsic to the order of Mass and by itself, freestanding, is not penitential, and a return to the traditional offertory prayers. I don't see anything else more radical apart from the tweaking of the calendar which the Anglican Usage already has done in a wonderful way and encouragement of ad orientem or the codifying of the traditional altar arrangement even when facing the sacred assembly.
I think the propers of the Mass will be mandated once again. Of course I don't believe the revised lectionary will be suppressed ever, but the Gradual will be a legitimate substitution for the Responsorial Psalm.
I truly believe the Mass that the Chant Music Association of America had here in January is what the Mass of the future will look and sound like even if completely in the vernacular. I don't think we'll every go back to a completely mandated Latin Mass, although Latin will always be an option for any Mass in the Church.
So the propers as well as the other parts of the Mass could be in English or Latin depending on local decisions of pastors.
But this is what I foresee in the future for most parishes and this is the direction of the Liturgy the new Holy Father will certainly kick up a notch, God willing as evidenced by the above CMAA video above.
And remember, if we don't get what we want, we must accept what the Lord gives us including the Holy Cross. Remember you are dust and unto dust you will return. The same is true also of the earthly liturgy!
Everything and everyone one is passing away. Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return!