HERE made me reflect on my own liturgical positions so influenced by Pope Benedict and thus I write the following:
If we have learned anything in the last 50 years, we should have learned that it is best not to ditch completely the liturgical books in favor of something new as happened after Pope Paul VI's committee fabricated new liturgical books for the Church in an academic, professorial way (read clericalism!).
As everyone who reads my blog knows, I am a child of the Church, greatly influenced by Pope Benedict and his long legacy and I embrace the two forms of the one Latin Rite wholeheartedly. I love both forms and try to celebrate both as these are designed to be.
I've tried hard not to be a clericalist when it comes to the reformed liturgy, changing willy/nilly those things I personal don't like. Clericalism is at its apex when clerics bring their agenda to the laity who could care less about redundancy in revised English prayer, syntax and the rest of it. They are like the clericalist committee that redesigned the liturgy as decorators in a department store completely from the ivory tower of clericalism and academia, the two being closely linked in the Church.
Thus I would never ditch the revised Liturgy of Pope Paul VI. I would never have ditched the 1962 Missal and other liturgies associated with that period of the Church. I have advocated as Pope Benedict has, a reform of the liturgical books in continuity with the 1962 Roman Missal.
In a sense, we can say that the 1970 concocted missal is in continuity with what preceded it in many ways but falls short, very short in other ways.
Thus, I would say that the Missal itself, meaning the collects, various Masses and increase of various Masses, the prefaces and a bit of the reform of the Roman Calendar are good and should be maintained.
What is out of continuity with the 1962 Roman Missal and could be rectified tomorrow and in fact has been rectified today with the Personal Ordinariates' Divine Worship, The Missal is the following:
1. Restore the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar as Divine Worship has already done.
2. Restore the Rite of Sprinkling Holy Water in the fashion of the EF's Form of it and place of it as Divine Worship has done
3. Restore the Season of Septuasgesima along with its proper collects and readings, as Divine Worship has already done
4. Restore the the traditional format of the Introit and include the Offertory Antiphon in the Roman Missal itself as Divine Worship has done
5. Restore to prominance in the Missal itself the use of the Gradual, Alleluia/Tract and Sequences as in the EF as Divine Worship has already done
6. Restore the EF's Offertory Prayers as Divine Worship has done
7. Restore the EF's precise rubrics and additional rubrics for the sake of reverence as Divine Worship has done
8. Restore the Last Gospel as Divine Worship has done
9. Restore all private or devotional prayers of the priest found in the EF Mass
10. Revised the Roman Calendar to reflect the EF Roman Calendar as Divine Worship has already done
In addition to these:
1. Ban drinking from the Common Chalice directly by the laity and permit only Intinction as the discretion of the pastor
2. Mandate the use of kneeling and return of altar railings for Holy Communion and Holy Communion on the tongue
3. Mandate that only Bishops, priests, deacons, sub deacons and installed Acolytes can distribute Holy Communion with sub deacons and installed Aconites seen as Extraordinary.
4. Mandate the chanting or saying of the Introit, Offertory and Communion antiphons from the Missal
I have no problem whatsoever with women being Readers and serving the altar in some capacity.